Border Patrol Union Sends Strongly Worded Message to President Biden Ahead of Texas Visit

In anticipation of President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Texas, Border Patrol union president Brandon Judd took the opportunity on Monday to convey a message to the President. Judd expressed his criticism towards Biden’s efforts, stating that they were “too little, too late.”

On Thursday, President Biden will travel to Texas to meet with U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement in Brownsville. This visit comes as a confirmation of the urgent need to pass the Senate’s bipartisan border security measures.

Tensions persist between the federal and state units in Texas following a recent victory for the Biden administration over Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In late January, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of temporarily removing razor wire along the southern border while the issue is being litigated. This decision has stirred anger among Republicans who back Abbott’s efforts to combat illegal immigration in the state. Furthermore, tensions have escalated as the federal government voiced concerns about the environmental and humanitarian impact of these measures.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has been vocal in his criticism of President Biden’s immigration policies, remains steadfast in his determination to address the ongoing challenges at the border. In a resolute statement, Abbott emphasized that the battle is far from over and emphasized Texas’ right to defend itself. As part of their efforts, Texas has employed razor wire as a protective measure to secure the Rio Grande River and Shelby Park, a bustling area spanning 47 acres in Eagle Pass that has seen a significant influx of individuals attempting to unlawfully enter the United States from Mexico.

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Fox News National Correspondent Bill Melugin recently shared the statement of Judd, the President of the National Border Patrol Council, regarding Biden’s visit to the border. Judd criticized Biden’s planned visit, claiming that it is insufficient and coming too late. According to Judd, the purpose of Biden’s visit is solely to salvage his presidency.

According to Judd, President Biden’s visit to the border three years into his term, after consistently denying the existence of a crisis, is insufficient and tardy. Whether it was Biden himself or his Press Secretary, Karine Jean Pierre, who made the claims, they have asserted that they have done everything possible to secure the border. However, this statement is far from the truth. If their claims were accurate, there would be no need for a border visit at this point. Judd believes that even if Biden were to implement the necessary policies now, it would only be an attempt to salvage his Presidency.

Newsweek has contacted Biden’s campaign via email to seek their comment.

In January 2023, President Biden made his first visit to the Texas border. Accompanied by border patrol staff, he traveled to the Bridge of Americas border crossing in El Paso, Texas. This was not his first time visiting the border as president.

Judd, on the other hand, criticizes Biden’s actions on the border, accusing him of being politically driven. According to Judd, the primary concern should be the safety and security of the people.

According to Judd, Americans should be cautious of self-serving actions as time runs out. It is believed that if re-elected, Biden might return to his open border policies. The purpose of his visit to the border is solely to protect his own reputation. Judd emphasizes that border security should never be influenced by politics, but rather prioritize the safety and security of the nation and its people.

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Judd’s remarks follow Biden’s previous indication that he is willing to consider “significant changes.” Biden has urged Congress to support a bipartisan Senate agreement that combines border enforcement measures with assistance to Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

The bipartisan border security bill, which aimed to address the issue of illegal immigration into the U.S., was rejected by the GOP-led House earlier this month. Conservative hardliners within the party argued that the bill did not adequately address the problem. In order to advance the bill to the House, at least 60 “yes” votes were required. However, House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, had already deemed the legislation “dead on arrival.”

Immigration remains a key concern leading up to the 2024 presidential election. Recent polls indicate skepticism towards President Biden’s approach to the issue, as his Republican rival, Donald Trump, pledges more stringent measures.

Critics and Trump’s campaign have accused Biden of following in Trump’s footsteps by visiting the border in Texas at the same time. The fact that Biden is choosing to go on the same day as the former Republican president is seen as a clear indication of the magnitude of the issue at hand.

On Thursday, Trump is expected to be approximately 300 miles away in Eagle Pass.

When Newsweek reached out for comment, Steven Cheung, Trump’s campaign spokesperson, referred them to a statement from Karoline Leavitt, Trump’s Campaign Press Secretary, via email.

According to Leavitt, Joe Biden, who has been accused of being dishonest, has had three years to address the border crisis that he allegedly caused. Leavitt argues that Biden’s decision to visit the border on the same day as President Trump’s reported trip is not a genuine attempt to solve the problem, but rather a desperate move to catch up with Trump’s popularity. Leavitt asserts that Biden’s last-minute and insincere gesture will not be enough to convince the American people. In Leavitt’s view, Biden is solely responsible for the most severe immigration crisis in history and the subsequent increase in migrant crimes that are affecting communities across the country.

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