Although he has addressed the influx of undocumented migrants heading toward the United States, President Joe Biden has yet to visit the southern U.S. border.
According to a recent report, his predecessor might not be so reluctant to make the journey.
“I could see him doing that soon”
Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, addressed the issue during an appearance on Friday’s episode of The Michael Berry Show.
“We discussed that recently,” Miller said of the possibility that Trump could stage a forthcoming trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. “I could see him doing that soon.”
Nevertheless, he said there were some concerns about the possible negative optics such a visit could create.
“I think there’s a very fine line between calling someone out on policies and then appearing to do something that’s showboating or give Joe Biden an opportunity to point and say, ‘See this isn’t serious, look at President Trump down at the border making a scene of this,'” Miller said.
As for the timing, he said a Trump trip would not be announced “immediately” but that it could come “at some point in the future here.”
“This is inhumane”
Miller asserted that the border crisis is “something that President Trump is really concerned about,” though it is no longer just conservatives who are calling attention to the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
CBS News reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez shared a graphic on Twitter that displayed data regarding the number of minors who have been detained at the border.
“New numbers — There were approximately 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children in U.S. custody as of this morning,” he tweeted. “Nearly 5,500 were being held in Border Patrol facilities, some of which are overcrowded, and 12,500 were being housed in HHS shelters and influx sites.”
Although the Biden administration has been reluctant to provide media access to the detention facilities, a number of GOP senators have shared photos depicting the situation.
For his part, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared: “This is inhumane, it is wrong and it is the direct consequence of policy decisions by the Biden administration to stop building the wall, to return to catch-and-release, and to end the stay-in-Mexico policy.”