President Joe Biden came into office with the promise of repealing or reversing as many of his predecessor’s border and immigration policies as possible.
In response to the president’s decision to formally end the so-called “remain-in-Mexico” policy, former President Donald Trump issued a scathing condemnation of his successor.
“Poor use of the Department’s resources”
Calling Biden “the first American President who doesn’t want America to be a nation at all,” Trump specifically referenced the repeal of a rule mandating that most asylum seekers await the resolution of their cases on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The latest move comes as Biden’s critics blame his policies for exacerbating an immigration crisis. Prior efforts of the current administration to roll back Trump-era policies included canceling progress on the border wall and scaling back deportations.
As a result, an increasing number of undocumented immigrants have arrived at the border with Biden and his top aides effectively ignoring the crisis even as they embrace what some critics describe as an open-borders agenda.
For his part, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called the remain-in-Mexico policy a “poor use of the Department’s resources.”
The policy required immigrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico while their claims were processed, which Trump and his allies championed as a way to combat a system that often allowed migrants with pending court dates to be released into the United States.
“Before our very eyes”
Like with other immigration rules imposed by the former president, leftists maligned the policy as cruel, leaving little doubt that the Biden administration would bring it to an unceremonious end.
Trump’s statement asserted that Biden’s ultimate goal is “to eliminate the U.S. border entirely” as the nation is overwhelmed by the unchecked increase in immigration.
“Our country is being destroyed before our very eyes,” he declared.
The level of illegal entry has reportedly reached its highest levels in two decades amid the belief that millions of undocumented immigrants will be afforded a pathway to citizenship under the Biden administration.