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Donald Trump to visit US-Mexico border as Kamala Harris avoids it

Donald Trump, pictured left visiting the US border wall in 2020 (Picture: AP/Getty)

Former US president Donald Trump has announced plans to visit the US-Mexico border, describing it as a ‘disaster zone’ created by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Trump will visit the border with the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, on June 30, as the pair look to pile pressure on the Biden administration to tackle America’s spiraling migrant crisis.

In May alone 180,034 immigrants were encountered at the border by US officials, the highest monthly figure since Homeland Security records began.

Trump’s visit to the border comes as Kamala Harris, who has been put in charge of trying to stem the number of migrants entering the US by Biden, has been heavily criticized for failing to visit the border at all during her assignment. Last week the so-called ‘border czar’, Harris, snapped at a reporter who quizzed her about why she is yet to visit the border during her quest to control the flow of immigrants.

Honduran migrants move to Agua Caliente, on the border between Honduras and Guatemala, on their way to the United States, on January 15, 2021. - Hundreds of asylum seekers are forming new migrant caravans in Honduras, planning to walk thousands of kilometers through Central America to the United States via Guatemala and Mexico, in search of a better life under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by Orlando SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Honduran migrants move to Agua Caliente, on the border between Honduras and Guatemala, on their way to the United States in January 2021 (Picture: Getty/AFP)
Young children rest inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), in Donna, Texas, USA (Picture: EPA)

Announcing his visit to the border in the lone star state, Trump said: ‘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 June 30.

‘The Biden administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in US history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in US history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone.’

The business tycoon also attacked both Biden and Harris in his statement, saying the pair are making the jobs of border officials an ‘impossible’ task.

He said: ‘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 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.

US President Donald Trump signs a plaque as he tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas, on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump signs a plaque as he tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas, on January 12, 2021 (Picture: AFP/Getty)

‘What Biden and Harris have done, and are continuing to do on our border, is a grave and willful dereliction of duty.

‘My visit will hopefully shine a spotlight on these crimes against our nation.’

On March 24, President Joe Biden announced that he was putting Harris in charge of ‘stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border.’

Since then Harris has insisted that her focus is on the root causes of migration, rather than dealing with the crisis at the border. She has pledged to work with officials in the likes of Guatemala and Mexico to help them stop migrants from fleeing to the US in the first place.

Former US president Donald Trump greets fellow republican, Texas Governor Greg Abbott in El Paso, Texas, August 2019 (Picture: AP)

Border crossing have climbed steadily ever since Biden and Harris took office in January. Just over 100,000 border crossings were logged in February, a monthly figure that has almost doubled in just five months.

Critics of Biden’s believe that it was his relaxation of some of Donald Trump’s border restrictions that have in-part caused the record wave of refugees trying to enter the US.

Greg Abbott has been a long-time campaigner for tighter measures at the US border and has repeatedly called on the Biden administration to do more to stop the flow of migrants entering America.

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