Former President Trump said over the weekend that he will likely visit the southern border “in the next couple of weeks” to see firsthand the worsening border crisis created by the surge of migrants entering the United States.
Trump said during an interview on Fox News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine that “a lot of people” want him to visit the border.
“The Border Patrol and all the ICE people, they want me to go,” Trump said, referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “I really feel like in a way I owe it to them, they’re great people.”
Asked when he plans the visit, Trump said probably “in the next couple of weeks.”
“The Border Patrol wants me to go – probably over the next couple of weeks. I don’t think there’s a rush for me to go, he’s supposed to go and make the decisions,” Trump said referring to current President Joe Biden, who is currently dealing with the dire situation at the border.
The former president added that he “didn’t want to set a timetable” although he maintained that he would likely travel to the border “in the next couple of weeks.”
Trump’s comments come amid a worsening crisis at the border, as officials struggle to keep the influx of migrants, especially unaccompanied minors, at the border.
As of Thursday, there were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in the custody of Border Protection and Health and Human Services. The surge has led to delays at processing centers that, by law, must move children to HHS shelters in less than 72 hours.
Biden told reporters last week that he would visit the border “at some point.”
A group of 19 Republican lawmakers visited a migrant processing and holding center in Donna, Texas, on Friday. Sen. Mike Braun (R., Ind.), who was part of that group, said a Biden official had asked the senators to delete photos they had taken of the facility, which is operating at 700 percent of capacity.
The photos show children sleeping on the floor on mats and immigrants huddled in closed capsules.