Biden and Trump make border visits, turning immigration into key 2024 presidential race topic

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1st March 2024 – (Washington) Both U.S. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump made visits to the U.S.-Mexico border, using the opportunity to highlight their respective positions on immigration and border security—an issue expected to play a significant role in the upcoming 2024 presidential race.

Biden met with border agents in Brownsville, Texas, urging Republican lawmakers to support increased funding for border security and reconsider a bipartisan border package that was recently blocked in the Senate. Meanwhile, Trump toured Eagle Pass, approximately 482 km away, near the southwestern Texas border.

During his visit, Biden called on the U.S. Senate to reconsider the bill and set aside partisan politics, emphasizing the need for action. He stated, “It’s time for the speaker and some of my Republican friends in Congress who are blocking this bill to show a little spine.”

Biden’s second visit to the border since taking office was strategically timed to have maximum political impact, occurring just a week before the State of the Union address, as noted by CNN.

Arriving in Texas, Trump, the leading frontrunner for the GOP in the presidential primaries, commented on the pleasant weather while highlighting the dangers posed by the border. He visited Eagle Pass alongside Texas Governor Greg Abbott, praising Abbott’s legal actions and stringent measures against illegal border crossings.

Trump once again criticized Biden’s approach to illegal immigration, linking the influx of undocumented migrants to rising crime rates across the country. He referred to it as “Biden migrant crime” and pledged to expand his administration’s immigration policies if he were to return to the White House, aiming to restrict both legal and illegal immigration.

In a campaign promise, Trump also vowed to carry out the “largest domestic deportation operation in American history” if he were to regain the presidency.

As the 2024 presidential campaign gains momentum, immigration has emerged as a central issue. Political advertisers from both parties have already spent nearly $52 million on campaign ads related to immigration, according to AdImpact data.