President Joe Biden confirmed to reporters Wednesday that he will finally visit the U.S. border with Mexico next week for the first time in his presidency. He faced intense criticism for failing to prioritize the illegal migrant crisis as it surged throughout his first two years in office.
The New York Post reported that Biden responded to a question over whether he was “going to the border” by saying “that’s my intention.”
It was just last month when the president ducked a visit to the southern border on a trip to Arizona. When asked about his ignoring the crisis, he incredibly said “there are more important things going on.”
There have been roughly 4 million illegal border crossings since Biden took the oath of office, including a record 2.4 million in the fiscal year 2022 alone. The president infamously appointed Vice President Kamala Harris as “border czar” early in his term.
Biden created & ignored the border crisis for 2 yrs. Drug & human trafficking and other crimes put American people in danger, but Biden doesn’t care. Biden's border visit just for photo-ops to control the "peace & security" narratives with his Dem voters. https://t.co/casOffVsAy
— Catt (@CattHarmony) January 5, 2023
She managed one visit to the Mexican border in mid-2021, which is one more than her boss has found time to squeeze into his schedule.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott desperately attempted to draw federal attention to the crisis by bussing thousands of illegal migrants to so-called “sanctuary cities.” Perhaps it has worked, and the movement is now spreading.
Just this week, Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis informed New York City Mayor Eric Adams that he will also be loading migrants onto buses and sending them northward.
As for Biden’s visit, many declared it to be a day late and a dollar short. Nile Gardinder, a Telegraph contributor, noted that it only took the president two years to turn his attention to the southern border.
As Gardinder described it, the chief executive “is quite possibly the laziest and most clueless president in U.S. history.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted that he is “pleased President Biden will finally visit our southern border — which has been completely surrendered to the cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers.”
And Rep.-elect Darrell Issa (R-CA) opined that it’s “too little, too late. But at least he’d get to see the crisis he created.”
The Biden administration, which has lasted two years but seems much longer, has allowed the border with Mexico to become a mess. The visit is indeed “too little, too late,” and it’s likely too much to hope for that he will see firsthand the destruction that his policies have wrought.