It looks like President Biden is finally planning to visit the southern border amid a crisis of record-breaking proportions. According to sources, the President will be making the trip during the North American Leaders’ Summit on January 9th and 10th, where he will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
This marks the first time that Biden will be visiting the border during his presidency, and it’s about time. As of December 29th, Customs and Border Protection recorded a total of 617,250 migrant encounters in FY2023, with an average of 6,858 encounters per day. In FY2022, migrant encounters reached an alarming 2.3 million.
Despite the mounting crisis at the border, Biden has repeatedly brushed off concerns and even suggested that there are “more important things going on.”
It’s no surprise, then, that his administration has pushed for the lifting of Title 42, the pandemic-era policy which allows for the quick removal of migrants from the country on the basis of public health.
But don’t expect any policy announcements from Biden during his border visit. According to the Wall Street Journal, people familiar with the trip say that it won’t be used to make any announcements.
It’s worth noting that the White House has repeatedly claimed that Biden has already visited the border, despite providing no evidence to back up this claim.
When pressed on the issue by Fox News’ Peter Doocy, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tried to dodge the question and instead blamed Republicans for their alleged unwillingness to work with Biden on the border crisis.
It’s time for the Biden administration to take this crisis seriously and take real action to address it. It’s clear that the Democrats’ open borders policies have only exacerbated the situation, and it’s up to the President to finally take a stand and protect our nation’s sovereignty.