President Joe Biden will not be visiting the border even though he will be a few miles away from it when he visits Arizona. The president flew to Arizona to celebrate a $40 billion investment in computer chip manufacturing.
As he left the White House for Arizona, a reporter asked Biden why he was visiting a border state and not visiting the border. Biden responded by saying “Because there are more important things going on.”
Biden’s response drew criticism from several high-profile Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Blackburn noted in a tweet that the president will “be a short drive from the southern border” but has no plans to see the “humanitarian and national security crisis firsthand.”
Cruz also noted in a tweet that President Biden “doesn’t care about the chaos, crime, drugs, murder, or sex trafficking taking place at the southern border.” A separate tweet from the senator stated that Biden has done nothing but run and hide from the crisis at the southern border.
President Biden just confirmed what I have been saying for the last 2 years.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 6, 2022
Republican Kari Lake described Biden’s refusal to visit the border as “disgusting.” Lake added that Biden does not care one bit about the border.
Since President Biden took office, immigration crisis at the border has gotten worse. A record 2.4 million illegal immigrants were stopped at the southern border in the fiscal year that ended September. That figure showed a 37% increase from the last fiscal year. Over 207,000 migrants were stopped at the border in November.
According to a report on the Washington Examiner, the border crisis is set to deteriorate even further come 2023. President of Princeton Policy Advisors Steven Kopits, said he expects over 2.6 million illegal migrants to cross the border next year. Kopits predicted crossing at the southern border for March, April, and May “could post some spectacularly ugly numbers.”
“Conditions at the border appear to be deteriorating even compared to the outlandish levels seen to date under the Biden administration,” he said.
REPORTER: "Any plans in Arizona to go to the border?"
KJP: "The president's trip tomorrow is about the American manufacturing boom." pic.twitter.com/6zb47wCqj1
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 5, 2022
Despite being one of the biggest challenges to his tumultuous administration, President Biden has not visited the border since he took office. The Biden administration has decided that it will instead strike down Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows border agents to swiftly deport illegal immigrants.