Biden chooses an ‘interesting’ spot to visit the border

While the death of a Georgia nursing student allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant from Venezuela reverberates across the country, President Biden will visit the border for just the second time since being elected to office — the president has yet to address the death of Augusta University student Laken Riley.

The trip is a good sign that Biden is taking a beating in the polls on immigration — rightfully so — and comes amid announced plans by former President Donald Trump to visit the border. Biden’s choice of location for his visit speaks volumes about his commitment to securing the border, as does his agenda of blaming Republicans for the 8-10 million illegal immigrants who have infiltrated the country since 2020.

“Biden will travel to Brownsville, Texas to meet with U.S. Border Patrol agents, law enforcement officials and local leaders,” the White House said in a statement.

“He will discuss the urgent need to pass the Senate bipartisan border security agreement, the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border in decades,” the statement said. “He will reiterate his calls for Congressional Republicans to stop playing politics and to provide the funding needed for additional U.S. Border Patrol agents, more asylum officers, fentanyl detection technology and more.”

Fox News reporter Bill Melugin is more up to speed on the border crisis than any reporter in America and he commented on the president’s choice of location.

“Interesting that President Biden has chosen Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley sector for his visit. It has been slow there for months,” Melugin said in a tweet. “Only getting around 200-400 per day across all of RGV sector recently. Yesterday was 314 encounters.”

He also refreshed our memories of Biden’s last visit to the “highly sanitized” streets of El Paso — the president did not quite reach the border on that trip.

“Meanwhile, San Diego & Tucson sectors BUSY in blue states w/ typically 1,000-2,000ish per day,” Melugin added. “Biden’s last visit to the border was in El Paso *after* a huge surge of illegal crossings where the streets had been cleared of migrant camps and the visit was highly sanitized – Biden did not see or talk to a single migrant, nor did he visit a Border Patrol station. We’ll see if this time Is different.”

Border Patrol union boss Brandon Judd blasted Biden’s visit a gimmick “to save himself.”

“Unfortunately, a visit by President Biden three years into his term and after repeatedly stating there is no crisis is too little, too late,” Judd said in a statement.

“Biden is going to the border now solely to try to save himself. Border security should never be about politics, it should always be about the safety and security of this great nation and the American people,” he added.

While talking to reporters Monday in New York, Biden claimed that he did not know Trump planned his own visit to the border on Thursday.

“I’ve been planning on going Thursday. What I didn’t know is my good friend is apparently going,” he said, while eating ice cream.

Trump campaign press secretary Karoline Leavitt said the White House is sending Biden to the border because he’s “losing terribly” in the 2024 presidential election.

“Biden’s last-minute, insincere attempt to chase President Trump to the border won’t cut it,” Leavitt said in a statement.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on X:

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