Former President Donald Trump criticized on Tuesday what he considered a crisis on the border with Mexico under the administration of his successor, Joe Biden, in view of the increase in the arrival of undocumented immigrant minors crossing alone into the United States and warned that it will get “worse.”
“It’s a crisis like we’ve rarely had and certainly we’ve never had on the border, and it’s going to get much worse. … With a little bit of time, you’ll see those numbers expand at a level like you’ve never seen before,” Trump told Fox News.
Trump said his policies were working “better than ever” on the southern border and assured that his administration’s flagship project, the wall with Mexico, is “almost complete.”
“They could have it finished in a month, and it would be just magnificent, it already is magnificent what is done in areas where it is totally completed, but only small sections remain and they should finish it, but they destroyed our country, people are coming in by the hundreds of thousands,” he complained.
The Republican leader said he has “great respect” for the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and described him as a “great gentleman”.
“They had 20,000 soldiers on our border while we were building the wall. They had 28,000 soldiers who did not allow people to enter our country, and they also detained them on their northern border with Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, they detained them from coming to Mexico,” Trump said, about what he considered a “very close” relationship with Mexico.
Trump said that thanks to that strategy they had “very few people coming in” and managed to stop human and drug trafficking.
Trump’s remarks came at a time when the White House is facing increasing pressure to respond to the situation of thousands of undocumented minors in detention centers run by border authorities or in shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
According to CBS News, more than 4,200 unaccompanied immigrant children remained as of Sunday in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) short-term detention facilities, including some unfit to hold minors.