Biden’s Disaster on the Border

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In an interview on Saturday, former President Donald Trump accused Joe Biden of “killing” the United States. Trump explained that Biden did this with his administration’s “failed border policies,” as well as his terrible handling of issues in the Middle East and China.

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Republicans have long claimed that the escalating crisis is the consequence of Biden’s decision to reverse many Trump-era immigration initiatives, initiatives that helped to reduce the flow of illegal border crossings.

This includes his predecessor’s pivotal Migrant Protection Protocol, which effectively eliminated the disastrous “catch and release” policy, reducing the number of illegal immigrants at the southern border by a large margin in 2019.

The Biden administration is reverting to Obama-era policies by allowing unaccompanied illegal immigration youngsters into the nation. Biden’s action, lawmakers contend, sends a signal to potential migrants to return to the United States.

The Blame Game

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has attempted to blame the previous administration, with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claiming that the previous administration interfered with the process of children “humanely” and “efficiently” claiming the United States as their homeland.

Trump’s Response

“I had [it all] worked out with the other [nations],” Trump stated on Saturday, referring to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. Trump also spoke about his widely successful Stay in Mexico policy, something that Biden struck down shortly after becoming president. 

According to CBP data, immigration arrests and detentions at the southern border increased by 3% in April from March to 178,622; this marks the largest one-month total in 20 years.

Despite reaching record levels, last month’s numbers represented the first month since Biden’s election that the CBP did not register a significant month-over-month increase in the number of border arrests and detentions.

Despite the fact that the Biden administration has described the record increase in people as a “challenge,” neither the president nor the vice president has visited the border.

On May 4, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, claimed that the Biden administration “sprang into action” to deal with migrants coming to the border. Psaki then alleged that this influx started and got worse under the Trump administration. 

Trump’s Comments on Israel

The former president also referenced the recent conflict between Hamas and Israel, which has been labeled as a terrorist organization since 1997, stating that what Israel is currently facing is a significant “injustice.”

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass. ), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)—members of the progressive “Squad”—have come under fire in recent days for their controversial anti-Israel comments on Twitter as violence escalated before a ceasefire agreement was eventually reached on May 20.

The 11-day confrontation began when Hamas fired rockets into Israel in retaliation for a court decision to remove numerous Palestinian families from East Jerusalem, which sparked riots.