Trump and Biden Visit the US-Mexico Border in Opposite Ways

In a pivotal move ahead of the November presidential election, U.S. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are accusing each other of causing the chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of migrants enter the country every week. Biden is traveling to Brownsville, Texas, a community where attempts to enter the country illegally have drastically decreased recently due to efforts by locals to assist immigrants in reintegrating into American society.About 500 kilometers (311 miles) away, in Eagle Pass, Texas, Trump is scheduled to visit a more volatile immigration site. Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott has installed a number of barriers, such as razor wire and rusted shipping containers, to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Rio Grande. According to the White House, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will inform Biden on the border situation and Biden will also deliver a speech.

 

In the event that Congress does not act, he threatens to issue an executive order imposing further controls to close the border. He wants Congress to authorize extra funding for border agents and asylum officials. However, an executive order lacks the legal authority of legislation passed by Congress, and immigration advocacy organizations would almost definitely contest it in court. Trump promised Mexico would pay for the construction of a border wall while he was president, a goal he pursued until early in 2021. Under his direction, a section of a wall was constructed, but Mexico paid nothing toward the project and Trump never received the funding he requested from Congress.

 

Another time, Trump tore families apart as they attempted to enter the country, but he later changed his mind in response to strong public outcry. Legislators in Washington have been unable to reach a consensus on immigration policy after years of ceaseless discussion. While Democrats have frequently taken a more nuanced stance, such as advocating for permanent stay-in-the-U.S. privileges for young adults who were brought into the country illegally years ago by their migrant parents, Republicans typically support more regulations to prevent migrants from entering the country.

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