After President Biden visited the port of entry in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday, the president of the National Border Patrol Council — the union representing agents and support staff on the United States Border Patrol — condemned Biden for not visiting the area where the border crisis is occurring.
Immigrants enter the country legally through the port of entry in El Paso. Law enforcement agents reportedly removed illegal immigrants from the streets of the city last week before Biden arrived.
“The only people that he met with in the in the Border Patrol were upper-level management,” Brandon Judd snapped. “If they don’t tell him what he wants to hear, they’re subject to be moved. He did not meet with any rank-and-file frontline agents.”
“Every single Border Patrol agent that I’ve spoken with is extremely frustrated and upset about what just took place yesterday,” Judd continued, according to the Daily Mail. “They are upset that he was not willing to see what’s actually going on. They’re upset that they cleaned everything up. They’re upset that him knowing that he was going to bring the mainstream media with them, that we all of a sudden doubled the number of agents in the field so the mainstream media would say: ‘Hey, there’s nothing going on here, nothing to see.’”
“He didn’t tour any facilities where migrants would have been. So he didn’t see anything. He did not see any of the chaos that he’s created, that he’s caused,” Judd concluded. “He didn’t get any more of an understanding [than] what he had before he went, and again, that’s politics. It was just optics. It was a photo shoot.”
When Biden arrived in Texas, GOP Governor Greg Abbott handed him a blistering letter ripping him in which Abbott declared, “Your visit to our southern border with Mexico today is $20 billion too little and two years too late. 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. Even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which had overrun downtown El Paso because your Administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis. This chaos is the direct result of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted.”
“Under your watch, by contrast, America is suffering the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country,” Abbott’s letter continued. “Your open-border policies have emboldened the cartels, who grow wealthy by trafficking deadly fentanyl and even human beings. Texans are paying an especially high price for your failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local leaders from your own party will tell you if given the chance. All of this is happening because you have violated your constitutional obligation to defend the States against invasion through faithful execution of federal laws.”
“When you finish the photo-ops in a carefully stage-managed version of El Paso, you have a job to do,” Abbott stated, then listed various steps Biden should take:
- You must comply with the many statutes mandating that various categories of aliens “shall” be detained, and end the practice of unlawfully paroling aliens en masse.
- You must stop sandbagging the implementation of the Remain-in-Mexico policy and Title 42 expulsions, and fully enforce those measures as the federal courts have ordered you to do.
- You must aggressively prosecute illegal entry between ports of entry, and allow ICE to remove illegal immigrants in accordance with existing federal laws.
- You must immediately resume construction of the border wall in the State of Texas, using the billions of dollars Congress has appropriated for that purpose.
- You must designate the Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.