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Biden’s First Visit to Open Southern Border

Biden’s First Visit to Open Southern Border

President Joe Biden walked the U.S.-Mexico border and inspected a busy port of entry after two years in office.

Biden’s trip, which lasted about four hours, comes amid criticism from Republicans and some Democratic lawmakers that he hasn’t done enough to address a surge of migrants at the southern border. From Texas, Biden departed for Mexico City for meetings with North American leaders on immigration and other issues.

Republicans blame Biden for record numbers of migrants crossing into the country.

The president encountered no migrants except when his motorcade drove alongside the border and about a dozen lined up on the Ciudad Juárez side.

Biden’s recent policy announcements on border security and his visit to the border were aimed partly at blunting the impact of upcoming investigations into immigration promised by House Republicans.

Gov. Abbott Gives Scathing Letter to Biden

As President Biden offboarded from Air Force One on Sunday, he was immediately greeted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, one of the fiercest critics of the administration’s border policies.

The brief but what appeared to be a cordial exchange between Biden and Abbott was picked up by television news cameras, but their remarks were not. 

President Biden shakes hands with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after Abbott handed him a letter about the border at El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Texas Governor handed Biden a letter dismissing his visit as a series of carefully staged photo ops and outlining five steps the administration could take to secure the border, including immediately resuming construction of the border wall in Texas.

“Your visit to our southern border with Mexico today is $20 billion too little and two years too late,” Abbott said in the letter. “Moreover, your visit avoids the sites where mass illegal immigration occurs and sidesteps the thousands of angry Texas property owners whose lives have been destroyed by your border policies.”

Abbott’s letter is below:

Gov. Greg Abbott’s letter to Biden

It appeared that Biden began to read the letter but shortly folded it up and gave Abbott a handshake, where he then turned and greeted others around him. 

Video: Biden’s Visit To El Paso’s Border Wall

The president also met with border officials to discuss migration as well as the increased trafficking of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, which are driving skyrocketing numbers of overdoses in the U.S.

What Will Happen with Illegal Immigration?

Speaking to reporters later Sunday, Abbott said Biden’s border visit is “nothing but for show unless [the administration] begins to enforce the immigration laws already that exist in the United States of America that are contained in the letter that was provided to the president today.”

Abbott has done little to mask his antipathy toward Biden’s border policies that rolled back many of the hardline immigration policies of then-President Donald Trump.

“The president who caused the chaos at the border needed to be here,” Abbott said. “He needs to step up and take swift action, including reimbursing the state of Texas for the money that we’ve spent (on state border security initiatives).”

When asked what the president told him, Abbott replied, “He said he wanted to work with us.”

From Texas, Biden headed south to Mexico City, where he and the leaders of Mexico and Canada will gather on Monday and Tuesday for a North American leaders summit. Immigration is among the items on the agenda.

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  1. Jeff

    When you are dealing with an UN-CARING Blithering IDIOT like Mr. Poopypants, what would you expect.

    This POTUS is by far the worst piece of CRAP we have ever had in the white house! Even worse than O’vommit!

    Will be so glad when this FOOL leaves the white house in 2024.

  2. Rick

    It is all intentional. Biden is nothing more than the drooling old actor front man to make this takeover of the USA seem like its happening accidently because we have an insane president with severe dementia running things like an idiot. All the while, the people that are really taking over the USA are doing exactly what they want to do. I’m not even sure that is Biden. If you look at photos of Biden years ago and compare them to this impostor Biden, there are many differences and it is not just age differences. The NWO is overrunning our country with illegal’s intentionally. Their goal for a long time has been to make this whole continent one poor country with no boarders. By flooding us with poor illegal migrants, they will take our wealth and we will all be dirt poor. I do not think we will really feel the effects of what is happening now until a few years in the future, plus Canada is already being run by a communist dictator. The USA is the trophy for the NWO. The rest of the world has already effectively been taken by them. They own/control the government officials. when I look at everything that has been happening, for me it is easy to see that sadly, it has all been planned, and the plandemic was also part of the plan.

    • Sam

      Stay armed