By Donald J. Trump
When I was president, I delivered on my promise to build
a border wall to protect our country. All Joe Biden had to do was paint it.
Instead, Biden has enacted the most radical open borders agenda
imaginable. This is perhaps the first time in world history a nation has
purposely and systematically dismantled its own defenses to invite millions of
foreign migrants to enter its territory and break its laws.
No one knows who they are, presenting a dangerous threat
to Americans. To say that Biden has provoked a national security disaster does
not even begin to do justice to the calamity.
In May, illegal border crossings were nearly 700% higher than when I was president during the same
period last year. For each of the last three months, more unaccompanied minors
have arrived than in any prior month in recorded history. Seizures of
ultra-lethal fentanyl are up 265% from last year — more of the drug has already
been intercepted than in the entirety of 2020.
Joe Biden has restored catch-and-release, torn up our
hard-earned asylum agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El
Salvador, and announced that anyone on the planet who lives in a
crime-afflicted area now qualifies for asylum in the United States.
Meanwhile, ICE is effectively shut down, senior border
security officials have been fired, and criminals are being released in record
To top it all off, the Biden administration has announced
a new program whereby the U.S. government will literally pay to fly illegal
aliens’ relatives from other countries to join them in the United States.
These policies are utterly depraved — the actions of
someone who by all indications wants to completely abolish America’s southern
Nearly 740 miles of a border wall had been fully funded
and more than 660 miles were already built or undergoing construction, Customs
and Border Protection confirmed on Jan. 15, five days before I left office. After more than
two years of litigation and Democrat obstruction, the wall was going up at an
average rate of two miles per day. We had already more than doubled the length
of the physical barrier protecting our southern border. We had also replaced
much of the previously existing dilapidated fencing with new impenetrable metal
beams, focusing on the highest traffic areas that border patrol agents
themselves had identified.
The wall was planned, approved, paid for, and virtually
done. Only a few key areas remained to be completed. All Joe Biden had to do was let the contractors finish
their work. The border agents wanted it, and it would make the whole country
Instead, Biden sabotaged the completion of the wall, ordered an
immediate halt to construction on his first day in office, impounded the funds Congress
had appropriated, and took steps to terminate the National Emergency
declaration that had facilitated it.
By stopping construction, Joe Biden purposely and deliberately left gaps in the
wall, creating unsealed channels right in the middle of the border to be
exploited by human traffickers and drug smugglers.
I built a wall — Biden built a humanitarian catastrophe.
This decision has also done egregious harm to our
sovereignty. As my administration clearly demonstrated, walls work. After my
border wall was constructed, illegal border crossings dropped by 90 percent in the Yuma area and 80 percent in the Rio
Grande Valley, and parts of El Paso. Illegal drug trafficking and human
smuggling also drastically decreased in those areas. Building just 12 miles of
border wall in San Diego alone reduced necessary border patrol manpower by 150
agents a day, saving millions of taxpayer dollars, and freeing up those agents
to provide additional border security elsewhere.
Border security is a core responsibility of the federal
government — and my administration had already done everything required to
complete the project. We secured the necessary legal authorities, acquired the
land, designed, engineered, and tested the wall. With little help from
Congress, my administration obtained the money, executed the contracts, and
hired the personnel. For Texas to be unnecessarily forced to repeat these
complicated steps will take months or years if it is even possible for them to
do it at all.
Governors and state legislatures should certainly do what
they can — but there is no substitute for federal action.
We handed Biden the most secure border in history. We ended
asylum fraud, terminated catch and release, negotiated historic migration
agreements with Mexico and other countries, and virtually stopped illegal
immigration. Precisely because of these policies, we achieved an incredible 90%
reduction in illegal crossings.
Our nation is being destroyed by Biden’s border crisis. The United States must immediately
restore the entire set of border security and immigration enforcement measures
we put into place — and, critically, we must finish the wall.
A nation without borders is not a nation at all. For the sake of our country, Joe Biden must finish sealing the border immediately, or the American People must elect a Congress that will.