Trump will visit border on June 30, says America 'is now one giant sanctuary city'

Trump said that the border is "an unmitigated disaster zone."

Updated: June 15, 2021 - 6:51pm

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Former President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he will visit the nation's southern border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on June 30.

The announcement comes amid a surge of migrants along the southern border. Trump described the present situation "an unmitigated disaster zone" and pointed out that neither President Biden nor Vice President Harris have gone to visit the border since taking office. 

"I have accepted the invitation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join him on an official visit to our Nation's decimated Southern Border on Wednesday, June 30, 2021," Trump said. "The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It's an unmitigated disaster zone.

"We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release. We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world. Biden and Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes. Drug dealers, MS-13 gang members, human smugglers, sex traffickers, and the criminal elements of the world now have free reign. Hospitals and schools are getting crushed and public health is being sacrificed all in service of a radical left anti-borders agenda. Our brave border agents and courageous ICE officers have been illegally stopped from doing their jobs. Our Nation is now one giant sanctuary city where even dangerous criminals are being cut loose and set free inside the U.S interior on a daily basis.

"If this weren't bad enough, Biden and Harris won't even tour the scenes of the wreckage they created, or come down and visit with the Border Patrol and ICE heroes risking their lives to defend our Nation at a time when the White House is doing everything it can to make their job totally impossible.

"What Biden and Harris have done, and are continuing to do on our border, is a grave and willful dereliction of duty," Trump said in the statement. "My visit will hopefully shine a spotlight on these crimes against our Nation—and show the incredible people of ICE and Border Patrol that they have our unshakeable support." 

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