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‘This is a Joe Biden Invasion’

EAGLE PASS, Texas — Former President Donald J. Trump visited the small Texas border town of Eagle Pass on Thursday and gave his assessment of the current border situation. President Trump began by explaining the horrific murder of Laken Riley, a nursing student at the University of Georgia in Athens. The former president blamed the killings of Riley and other crime victims on what he called the “Joe Biden invasion.”

President Trump’s remarks included details about his plan to regain control of the border, lamenting the intentional destruction of the most secure border in history. The destruction occurred on January 21, 2021, when President Joe Biden canceled the previous president’s strict and successful border policies. President Trump’s statement set out his own assessment of the border: “Three years ago, the border was the most secure it’s ever been. People didn’t come because they knew they couldn’t come. We didn’t promise free education, we didn’t promise free health care.” “Release everything.” ”

President Trump went on to tout progress toward securing the border under his administration, saying, “We ended catch-and-release and built 571 miles of border wall, far more than we promised to build.” . President Trump added, “We bought 200 more miles of (wall material) and they sold most of it for 5 cents on the dollar.”

President Trump went on to discuss “Remain in Mexico,” the Refugee Cooperation Agreement (ACA) to expedite refugee status determinations while migrants wait in Central American Northern Triangle countries, and Title 42 COVID-19. He explained President Biden’s exclusion policies, including the infectious disease expulsion mechanism, that have lifted oversight.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement following President Trump’s brief remarks. The governor touted the success of the border barrier project and the numerous drug seizures and immigrant arrests made by Operation Lone Star.

As of February 22, the state had made more than 40,000 criminal arrests and seized more than 114 million lethal doses of fentanyl, according to Abbott’s office. The operation also captured 9,811 illegal firearms and led to the arrest of more than 500,000 migrants along the Texas-Mexico border.

Abbott also discussed plans to build an Army National Guard military base near Eagle Pass. The “fort” was designed to accommodate 1,800 soldiers, with additional capacity for an additional 500. The facility will include a dining hall and space for soldier welfare and recreational activities, Abbott said.

After briefly greeting members of the media attending the event, Mr. Abbott and Mr. Trump departed from the small border park where nearly 5,000 migrants enter the United States every day throughout December. The number of migrants passing through the region fell to 13,101 in the first three weeks of February from a high of 71,048 in December, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

Randy Clark He is a 32-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations and directed operations for nine Border Patrol stations within the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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