Biden's border visit plans receive criticism from his own party

January 8, 2023

President Joe Biden's plan to visit the southern border in El Paso, Texas, has led to criticisms from some people in his own party.

The trip to the border comes as the nation has endured record-level border crossings under the Biden administration, with calls from conservatives to do something to slow the surge.

The left's attacks

"While we understand the challenges the nation is facing at the Southern border exacerbated by Republican obstruction to modernizing our immigration system, we are deeply disappointed by the Biden Administration’s decision to expand the use of Title 42,” a group of Democratic senators wrote.

They described Title 42 as a "failed and inhumane Trump-era policy" that will exclude thousands of immigrants fleeing violence and persecution, according to the Washington Examiner.

Senators visiting too

A bipartisan group of eight senators also plans to visit the border in Texas and Arizona following Biden's expected visit next week, calling for action at to help solve the border crisis.

"Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, will lead the delegation to both Texas and Arizona on Monday and Tuesday to see the ongoing situation at the border, where officials and frontline agents have been dealing with a historic crisis for two years," Fox News reported.

"Also on the trip will be Sens. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., James Lankford R-Okla., Chris Coons, D-Del., Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn," it continued.

"According to a release, they will travel to El Paso, Texas, which Biden will also visit on his trip to the border on Sunday. The senators will also visit Yuma, Arizona, where they will meet with Border Patrol agents and hear from local law enforcement and community leaders, as well as representatives of non-profits," it added.

More than 4 million migrants have crossed the border in the past two fiscal years, with record numbers in each of the last two months, according to the report.

Many consider the trip far too late to respond to the security threats to the nation, especially for Americans living near the border.

The latest trip is likely to do little to actually solve the border crisis, but at least Biden will be able to say he has visited the border.

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