The head of the U.S. Border Patrol union blasted President Joe Biden following a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border he has been blamed for making chaotic with his reversals of Trump-era security policies.
The visit — Biden’s first as president — comes amid record illegal crossings and smuggling of deadly fentanyl and other dangerous drugs that have killed tens of thousands of Americans and sickened several police officers who have inadvertently come in contact with the pills.
“The only people that he met with in the in the Border Patrol were upper-level management,” union boss Brandon Judd said. “If they don’t tell him what he wants to hear, they’re subject to be moved. He did not meet with any rank-and-file frontline agents.”
“Every single Border Patrol agent that I’ve spoken with is extremely frustrated and upset about what just took place yesterday,” Judd noted further, according to the Daily Mail. “They are upset that he was not willing to see what’s actually going on. They’re upset that they cleaned everything up. They’re upset that him knowing that he was going to bring the mainstream media with them, that we all of a sudden doubled the number of agents in the field so the mainstream media would say: ‘Hey, there’s nothing going on here, nothing to see.’”
“He didn’t tour any facilities where migrants would have been. So he didn’t see anything. He did not see any of the chaos that he’s created, that he’s caused,” Judd added. “He didn’t get any more of an understanding [than] what he had before he went, and again, that’s politics. It was just optics. It was a photo shoot.”
When Biden landed at the international airport in El Paso, he was met by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott who handed him a letter filled with demands for improving border security.
“Your visit to our southern border with Mexico today is $20 billion too little and two years too late. Moreover, your visit avoids the sites where mass illegal immigration occurs and sidesteps the thousands of angry Texas property owners whose lives have been destroyed by your border policies,” the letter said.
“Even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which had overrun downtown El Paso because your Administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis. This chaos is the direct result of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted,” it continued.
“Under your watch, by contrast, America is suffering the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country,” Abbott’s letter noted further. “Your open-border policies have emboldened the cartels, who grow wealthy by trafficking deadly fentanyl and even human beings. Texans are paying an especially high price for your failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local leaders from your own party will tell you if given the chance. All of this is happening because you have violated your constitutional obligation to defend the States against invasion through faithful execution of federal laws.”
“When you finish the photo-ops in a carefully stage-managed version of El Paso, you have a job to do,” Abbott stated before listing a number of steps Biden should immediately take: