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'All he had to do is leave it alone': Trump says Biden could have avoided border crisis

“There’s never been anything like what’s happened at our border, and people are coming in by the tens of thousands."

Updated: April 19, 2021 - 4:13pm

Former President Trump has taken aim at President Biden's policy on the U.S.-Mexico border, which Trump had significantly secured and stabilized during his four years in the White House.

"There’s never been anything like what’s happened at our border, and people are coming in by the tens of thousands. They’re walking in. All he had to do is leave it alone,” Trump told Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity in a clip of his interview Tuesday night.

Trump also blasted the news media for ignoring Biden’s poor handling of the immigration crisis, which has included thousands of children be housed in overcrowded federal holding facilities.

“They would not stand for it, and they’re playing it down as much as they can play it down. It’s a horrible situation. Could destroy our country,” Trump said in the interview. "People are pouring in. But you’ll see something as the months go by, like you’ve never seen before, already it’s like you’ve never seen before." 

In one of his first acts in office, Biden did away with the Migrant Protection Protocols, which made foreigners who tried to enter the U.S. illegally in Mexico await hearings. Instead, Biden has returned to a so-called "catch-and-release" policy in which illegal immigrants are allowed to enter the U.S. and ordered to appear at hearings later.

Last month, Biden was asked by a reporter what can be done to alleviate the crisis at the border.

"A lot more," he responded. "We’re in the process of doing it now, including making sure that we reestablish what existed before, which was they can stay in place and make their case from their home country."

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