FORMER President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the US is being “destroyed” at the southern border under President Joe Biden as thousands of migrant children are detained.
In his statement, Trump slammed Biden’s handling of the border with Mexico as “terrible” and touted his own policies.
“We ended Catch-and-Release, shut down asylum fraud and crippled the vicious smugglers, drug dealers and human traffickers," Trump stated.
"The Wall, despite horrendous Democratic delays, would have easily been finished by now, and is working magnificently.”
Trump said: “Our country is being destroyed at the Southern border, a terrible thing to see!"
The 45th president also said that the border was “in great shape” and “strong, safer and more secure than ever before” when he was commander-in-chief.
He added that if Democrats had not impeded the border wall, his campaign promise, it “would have easily” been finished.
Trump’s statement came as The New York Times reported that more than 3,250 unaccompanied minors are being detained at the border.
More than 1,360 of the children have been held for more than the three days that are allowed by the law and the facilities are lacking.
Almost 170 of the detained children are under age 13, according to NBC News.
About 9,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border into the US last month, the network reported.
Although three times as many children have migrated to the US in the past two weeks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not call it a crisis.
“I don't think we need to put new labels on what we have already conveyed is challenging,” Psaki said during a daily briefing.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also would not call the issue a crisis.
But Department of Homeland Security staff members were reportedly urged to volunteer to help with the migration surge as thousands of children were held at the border.
In an email on Monday obtained by Fox News, Mayorkas wrote: “Today, I activated the Volunteer Force to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they face a surge in migration along the Southwest Border.”
Mayorkas acknowledged the “overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country” and said that he and Biden “are committed to committed to ensuring our Nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.”
In a statement on Friday, former President Donald Trump slammed Biden’s handling of immigration.
Trump stated that the border is “totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden.”
"The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers,” he said.
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