On Wednesday, after facing mounting bipartisan pressure, President Biden (D) announced upcoming plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on January 8. However, Border Patrol agents remain skeptical that Biden’s visit will influence the administration to crack down on the surge of illegal immigration.
Biden told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he intended to lock down plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border soon.
“We’re working out the details now,” he noted.
Biden stated that he wants “to see what’s going on” and hopes to witness “peace and security.”
The president was scheduled to give a speech on Wednesday afternoon about border security and enforcement. During his remarks, Biden confirmed that he would visit the southern border Sunday as part of a scheduled trip to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the North American Leaders’ Summit.
According to a statement by the president’s former press secretary, Jen Psaki, Biden last visited the U.S.-Mexico border in 2008 while driving by it during his campaign.
“After two years, it is past time Biden come to the border to survey firsthand the chaos he created,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Hopefully our country will get a positive outcome from the president’s visit, but I won’t hold my breath.”
“While I expect President Biden will deflect and possibly lie about his failures, similar to what both of his White House press secretaries have done, I am happy that certain media outlets have attempted to present the truth to the American people and be the watchdogs necessary to bring about positive change, which is undoubtedly the catalyst for this visit,” Judd added.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told the DCNF, “In order to truly understand the depths of the crisis, I encourage the president to visit the overcrowded facilities and engage in real conversations with Border Patrol agents. Under no circumstances should facilities be sanitized or conversations be scripted.”
Two Border Patrol agents, who asked to remain anonymous, told the news outlet that it is typical for border facilities to be emptied out before politicians visit to give the illusion that the U.S.-Mexico border is under control. Therefore, the agents argued, it is unlikely Biden will observe the full extent and reality of the border crisis.
“That’s what they always do. Any time some brass from D.C. comes, the tents get emptied, everyone gets released/processed expeditiously to give the illusion that it’s under control,” one of the agents claimed.
Neither the Department of Homeland Security nor the White House responded to a request for comment, the DCNF reported.