Over the course of the week leading up to the arrival of President Biden for his very first visit to see the ongoing border crisis during his time in office, the illegal immigrant population in El Paso, Texas has been taken into custody, their campsite destroyed, and a number of them have even been deported back to Mexico.
Known to be the focal point in the ongoing border crisis, El Paso has been forced to deal with 2,500 illegal immigrants making their way across the border each day since mid-December. Videos of various incidents have shown police officials patrolling and taking into custody illegal immigrants sleeping out on the streets of the city just outside of a major bus station and just outside of the Sacred Heart Church shelter, read a report from NBC.
“People are saying that if you are out in the streets the Border Patrol will get you and deport you because the President is coming to El Paso and they don’t want to show him the reality of things,” explained one person from Venezuela, Maria Rodriguez, who has been forced to live inside of a dumpster for a total of three days, to the New York Post. “I hope we get shelter tonight because it took us a lot of courage to go out of that dumpster after three days…We just don’t want to keep running. All we are asking is for one chance.”
One agent of the Border patrol stated to The Post that close to 200 illegal immigrants had been deported back to Mexico this past Saturday. President Biden was slated to pay a visit out to El Paso on Sunday evening, much to the dismay of some border patrol agents who state that it is just far too little, much too late.
Brandon Judd, the President of the National Border Patrol Council, stated to Fox News Digital as part of a recent interview that agents are “beyond frustrated that he allowed this issue to get as bad as it is, he’s not coming to the border of his own accord. He would have done that a long, long time ago.”
As the vice president of law and policy at the National Immigration Law Center, Lisa Graybill explained to NBC News that removing illegal immigrants staying in front of a church-owned shelter stands in violation of Homeland Security policy. Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, sent out a memo back in October 2021 which stated that illegal immigrants should not be arrested while staying at shelters set up within courthouses or places of worship, explained the outlet.
El Paso being cleaned up as if nothing unusual ever happened there. Just in time for Biden's "visit to the border".
We suggest just landing in Des Moines, Iowa and telling him it's El Paso. He'll never know the difference.
— Border Patrol Union – NBPC (@BPUnion) January 6, 2023
The Border patrol Union was sure to make its public stance concerning the President’s trip well known, stating in a social media post on Friday: “El Paso being cleaned up as if nothing unusual ever happened there. Just in time for Biden’s ‘visit to the border’. We suggest just landing in Des Moines, Iowa and telling him it’s El Paso. He’ll never know the difference.”
Back in April 2021, Biden stated his administration had “gotten control” of the crisis taking place along the southern border. However, as of September 2021, he stated that he planned on paying a visit to the southern border “at some point.” After a period of close to fifteen months, the President has finally elected to make that previously promised trip.
21 months ago, Joe Biden declared victory on the southern border: "We've now gotten control."
Tomorrow, Biden will allegedly stop by the border for the first time in his life to see his disaster in person.pic.twitter.com/UkCBY26fZC
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 7, 2023