Donald Trump wades into Biden’s border crisis

Donald Trump wades into Biden’s border crisis saying America ‘had the strongest and best southern border in history’ two years ago because migrants ‘knew it was going to be very hard to come in and stay in’

  • Trump wrote on TruthSocial that border was strong when he was president 
  • Appeared to suggest that during presidency it was harder for migrants to get in
  • Comes as number of migrants arrested at Mexico border hit 2 million in year
  • Huge numbers of migrants have been bussed across America in recent weeks 

Donald Trump has waded into Biden’s border crisis saying that America ‘had the strongest and best southern border in history’ two years ago because migrants ‘knew it was going to be very hard to come in and stay in.’ 

Writing on the social media platform Truth Social, which he founded after he was removed from Twitter for spreading ‘misinformation’, he said: ‘Remember, just two years ago we had the strongest and best Southern Border in US history.

‘They weren’t coming up through and through because they knew it was going to be very hard to come in, and stay in.

‘That’s the best Border policy of them all, by far. I built the Wall, and then added more. Remain in Mexico, we said. It all worked!!!’

Trump, who was voted out in January 2021, appeared to suggest that during his presidency, it was much harder for migrants to get into America. 

The former president held a rally in Ohio last week and uses Truth Social in a bid to drum up support.

He has previously hit out at Biden on a number of occasions. 

His words come days after more migrants were bussed across the country and continue to stream through in their hundreds.  

The 50 Venezuelan migrants who were flown into Martha’s Vineyard filed a class action suit against Ron DeSantis, Florida’s governor, who arranged the flight from Texas.

They argued that they ‘experienced cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country’.

After being bussed into Martha’s Vineyard, last week the immigrants were then carted off by officials to a military base on Cape Cod.

Writing on the social media platform Truth Social, which he founded after he was removed from Twitter for spreading 'misinformation', he said: 'Remember, just two years ago we had the strongest and best Southern Border in US history'

Writing on the social media platform Truth Social, which he founded after he was removed from Twitter for spreading ‘misinformation’, he said: ‘Remember, just two years ago we had the strongest and best Southern Border in US history’

Trump, who was voted out in January 2021, appeared to suggest that during his presidency, it was much harder for migrants to get into America

Trump, who was voted out in January 2021, appeared to suggest that during his presidency, it was much harder for migrants to get into America

Trump held a rally in Ohio last week and uses Truth Social in a bid to drum up support. He has previously hit out at Biden on a number of occasions

Trump held a rally in Ohio last week and uses Truth Social in a bid to drum up support. He has previously hit out at Biden on a number of occasions

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis followed through on his promise to drop off illegal immigrants in progressive states, sending two planes full of migrants to Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday. A video provided to Fox News Digital shows the migrants deboarding the planes at Martha's Vineyard Airport in Massachusetts.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis followed through on his promise to drop off illegal immigrants in progressive states, sending two planes full of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday. A video provided to Fox News Digital shows the migrants deboarding the planes at Martha’s Vineyard Airport in Massachusetts.

Migrants continue to arrive by bus from Texas to Port Authority Bus Station in Manhattan on September 9

Migrants continue to arrive by bus from Texas to Port Authority Bus Station in Manhattan on September 9

As numbers of migrants climb, it was revealed that more than two million migrants have been arrested at the Mexico border in a year for the first time in history.   

The record was shown in Customs and Border Patrol records that were compiled at the border and comes amid a continued flow of migrants in Texas, Arizona and California. 

Figures compiled show a spike this spring, revealing 241,000 encounters with law enforcement.

Numbers stayed above 200,000 each month since, even after a drop. In August, the figure reached 203,000.   

Records cover an 11-month period and the number will not be revealed until after the end of the fiscal year which is September 30th. 

The migrants came from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua stopped by law enforcement hit 56,000 last month, up from 50,000 in July, and spiking from 23,000 in August, administration officials said. That includes 18,000 encounters with Venezuelans, with most around Eagle Pass and Del Rio, Texas.

It is harder for the U.S. to return migrants to those host countries due to political tensions.

‘Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,’ said Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus.

‘At the same time, the number of migrants entering from Mexico and northern Central America has decreased for the third consecutive month, as the Biden-Harris Administration works with our partners in the region to address the root causes of migration, facilitate repatriation, and take thousands of smugglers off the streets,’ he added.

Those from Mexico and Central America were just over a third of encounters, or 36 per cent, with a decline of 43 per cent.

The crush of Venezuelan migrants seeking to enter the U.S. was brought into focus when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis used government funds to send a plane of migrants in Texas to liberal Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Martha's Vineyard declared an emergency over the migrants and called in the National Guard, prompting the immigrants to be moved 32 miles away to Cape Cod

Martha’s Vineyard declared an emergency over the migrants and called in the National Guard, prompting the immigrants to be moved 32 miles away to Cape Cod

The GOP governors of Texas and Arizona have shipped migrants to New York, Washington, D.C., with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott even sending migrants who were deposited on the road outside Harris’ official residence in Washington.

The record for last year was 1.73 million, demonstrating a continued increase.

The Republican National Committee pushed the new figures in a release that noted the ‘more than 4.4 million illegal immigrants have crossed the border since Biden took office.’

The inability to slow the flow of migrants has been a political headache for Biden throughout his tenure, and it has also caused trouble for Vice President Kamala Harris, who last week took heat for saying ‘the border is secure.’

Harris as part of her portfolio took to trying to slow migration from ‘Golden Triangle’ countries in Central America, in part by working on ‘root causes’ of migration.

‘What we stand by is that we are doing everything that we can to make sure that we follow the process that’s been put forth,’ said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. 

‘That’s why we have historic funding to do just that, to make sure that the folks that we encounter at the border be removed or expelled.’

President Joe Biden has called for enacting comprehensive immigration reforms but the legislation is stalled.

A migrant bus from Texas arrives at the Port Authority terminal in New York on August 29

A migrant bus from Texas arrives at the Port Authority terminal in New York on August 29

A migrant woman carries a baby as she disembarks from the bus in Manhattan on August 21

A migrant woman carries a baby as she disembarks from the bus in Manhattan on August 21

Migrants are loaded onto MTA buses in Manhattan after arriving by bus from Texas to Port Authority Bus Terminal this morning

Migrants are loaded onto MTA buses in Manhattan after arriving by bus from Texas to Port Authority Bus Terminal this morning

The August figures were a 1.7 per cent increase from July, and more than a fifth– 22 per cent – had made a prior attempt to cross the border over the last year.

Javier Salazar, a Democrat whose district, Bexar County, includes the city of San Antonio, said the U.S. needed to rethink its attitude towards migrants, and said flying them across the country was not the solution.

‘I think at some point you’re going to have to embrace the fact that this is happening, to a certain extent,’ he told CNN.

Salazar spoke hours after the new figures were released and said that migrants were needed as workers.

Referring to restaurants in his district who needed staff he said:  ‘I would say: look, you’ve got people that want to work.’

‘They want to do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay – not for slave wages, give them an honest day’s pay.

‘And you’ve got a shortage of workers.

‘If you go to any restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, right now you’re going to wait a long time to get your table, even though there are empty tables, because there are not enough wait staff to wait on you; you’re going to wait a long time for your food because there are not enough people to cook it in the back. Half the cooks maybe aren’t showing up for work, or they quit.’

Javier Salazar, pictured, a Democrat whose district, Bexar County, includes the city of San Antonio, said the U.S. needed to rethink its attitude towards migrants, and said flying them across the country was not the solution

Javier Salazar, pictured, a Democrat whose district, Bexar County, includes the city of San Antonio, said the U.S. needed to rethink its attitude towards migrants, and said flying them across the country was not the solution

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) has been slammed for his scheme to ship migrants across the country. Eric Adams, mayor of NYC, has now said that his team are looking into lodging legal action against him

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) has been slammed for his scheme to ship migrants across the country. Eric Adams, mayor of NYC, has now said that his team are looking into lodging legal action against him

Salazar said the solution was to employ the new arrivals – despite the fact that, having crossed illegally, they would not have work permits.

‘Hire these folks; give them the opportunity to work legally and ensure that the employers who are employing them are doing it the right way. And paying them correctly,’ he said.

‘And here’s the catch: tax them on it. So that they are paying tax on any income they are making. They are not making any more than anybody else but they are not making any less than anybody else either.

‘And they are paying their fair share of taxes.’

Salazar said he accepted that not everyone was an asset to U.S. society.

In June, Border Patrol agents in the El Paso Sector said they had arrested an average of three migrants with criminal records per day since Fiscal Year 2022 began.

Customs and Border Protection reported this week that 78 immigrants on the U.S. terror watch list have been apprehended crossing over the border last year – nearly four times as much as the 15 in 2021.

Children are bussed from Texas to New York City on Monday morning

Children are bussed from Texas to New York City on Monday morning 

Last year’s report was up from three in 2020, with the U.S. previously reporting zero in 2019, six in 2018, and just two in 2017.

‘Now obviously I know we can’t let everybody into the country: there are going to be people who are undesirable, they may have a terrorist background, they may have a criminal background,’ said Salazar.

‘Keep those folks in their country of origin.

‘But people that just want to do a hard day’s work for a hard day’s pay – bring ’em on in, and let’s put them to work. Let’s let them do something.’

Salazar was angered by DeSantis last week chartering two flights from his district, which flew the Venezuelans to the Massachusetts holiday island.

Those on board said they were falsely told they would have expedited work papers if they got on the plane.

The 50 are now at an airbase in Cape Cod, while authorities work out what to do with them.

A cruise ship is seen in the Hudson River in New York City. It's unclear if Eric Adams has drawn up any plans to house migrants on ships such as this, however he mentioned that it may be an option to deal with the mounting crisis

A cruise ship is seen in the Hudson River in New York City. It’s unclear if Eric Adams has drawn up any plans to house migrants on ships such as this, however he mentioned that it may be an option to deal with the mounting crisis

Pictured: A group of 50 migrants enjoyed Venezuelan dishes at the military base after Martha's Vineyard declared an emergency over the group's arrival

Pictured: A group of 50 migrants enjoyed Venezuelan dishes at the military base after Martha’s Vineyard declared an emergency over the group’s arrival

On Monday, Salazar’s office tweeted: ‘The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into the migrants that were lured from the Migrant Resource Center, located in Bexar County, TX, and flown to Florida, where they were ultimately left to fend for themselves in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

‘Additionally, we are working with private attorneys who are representing the victims, as well as advocacy organizations regarding this incident.

‘We are also preparing to work with any federal agencies that have concurrent jurisdiction, should the need arise.’

Migrants, including young children, are welcomed to New York after being bussed from Texas. Many called the situation a humanitarian emergency

Migrants, including young children, are welcomed to New York after being bussed from Texas. Many called the situation a humanitarian emergency

A group of men stand outside Union Station on September 1 after arriving on a bus with other migrants sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

A group of men stand outside Union Station on September 1 after arriving on a bus with other migrants sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

A Venezuelan migrant is led onto a bus at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on September 16 in Edgartown, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard

A Venezuelan migrant is led onto a bus at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on September 16 in Edgartown, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard

New York's Mayor Eric Adams declared a 'humanitarian crisis' in his city after 2,500 migrants were bussed into the Big Apple and floods of people pour into Texas every day

New York’s Mayor Eric Adams declared a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in his city after 2,500 migrants were bussed into the Big Apple and floods of people pour into Texas every day

Migrant mom commits suicide in NYC shelter as Mayor Eric Adams blames GOP governors amid ‘humanitarian crisis’ 

 By Joseph Michalitsianos for DailyMail.com 

A migrant mother in New York City committed suicide on Sunday in a facility sheltering some of the thousands of migrants that have been shipped to the city by other states, Mayor Eric Adams revealed.

The mayor denied his city is to blame for the death, and instead shifted attention to governors such as Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis, who have been shipping migrants to New York City and Martha’s Vineyard recently.

‘The failure was the governors that sent people on a multiday bus ride without proper food, without medical care, without the basic necessities, telling them they had to be treated in this inhumane way. That’s the failure,’ he said.

Adams revealed the news in a statement, but said he was forbidden by law to disclose where the suicide took place or the identity of the mother.

‘The thousands of asylum seekers we have seen arrive in our city came to this country seeking a better life,’ the statement began. ‘Sadly, though, yesterday, an asylum seeker in one of our facilities took her own life.’

The tragic news comes as Adams declared a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in his city after 2,500 migrants were bussed into the Big Apple and floods of people pour into Texas everyday.

The mayor said in the statement that the death ‘is a reminder that we have an obligation to do everything in our power to help those in need.’

According to the Democrat Mayor, New York’s facilities for housing migrants has been pushed to the brink in recent months – with the city having already opened 23 emergency shelters.

Adams said that 38 more shelters are set to be created to deal with the mounting issue.

Speaking on ABC on Sunday, Adams added: ‘This is an American crisis that we need to face — a humanitarian crisis that was made by human hands, by some of the governors in the southern states.’

At least six busses of asylum seekers arrived in New York from Texas on Sunday – while shelters in the city reached ‘breaking point.’ In total, over 11,000 migrants have arrived in the city since May – 2,500 of which were sent on busses by Gov Abbott.

Adams revealed to WCBS that his team are looking into potentially housing the thousands of people bussed into the Big Apple on cruise ships.

He added: ‘We examined everything from the legality of using any type of cruise ship for temporary housing.’

This comes as Republicans have stepped up their attacks on the Biden administration as they try to make immigration the theme of November’s midterm elections.

Despite the Martha’s Vineyard move being praised in Republican circles, liberals criticized DeSantis for pulling what they characterized as a cruel stunt which used human lives as pawns in a political game.

Among the critics was President Biden, who said DeSantis was ‘playing politics with human beings.’

 

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On Tuesday, the migrants themselves sued DeSantis and his transport secretary.

The suit provides a detailed account of how the migrants came to board the two planes allegedly under false pretenses, arguing the relocations violated their Fourth and 14th Amendment rights and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

‘These immigrants, who are pursuing the proper channels for lawful immigration status in the United States, experienced cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country,’ the suit alleges.

‘Defendants manipulated them, stripped them of their dignity, deprived them of their liberty, bodily autonomy, due process and equal protection under law, and impermissibly interfered with the Federal Government’s exclusive control over immigration in furtherance of an unlawful goal and a personal political agenda.’

The suit, filed in a federal trial court in Massachusetts, asks a judge to declare DeSantis’s relocations illegal under the Constitution as well as federal and state laws.

It also asks the judge to prevent Florida from inducing immigrants to travel across state laws by fraud and misrepresentation.

DeSantis has said the flights were ‘clearly voluntary.’

Elsewhere, New York City’s Mayor declared a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in his city after 2,500 migrants were bussed into the Big Apple and floods of people pour into Texas every day. 

Eric Adams revealed that migrants arriving in New York could be housed on Norwegian cruise ships while he considers taking legal action against Governor Greg Abbott amid the country’s spiraling migrant issue. 

Adams is also looking into launching a lawsuit against the governor as thousands of immigrants continue to be shipped across the country, often without prior warning.   

Republican governors have now upped the escalating immigration war again in Democrat-run areas by threatening to fly illegal migrants to President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.

The buses of illegal immigrants have so far arrived in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Massachusetts from the southern borders.

Adams said in a series of scathing interviews that the humanitarian crisis being faced was in some way caused by ‘the governors in the southern states.’

He told WCBS that his team are looking into housing the migrants bussed into the Big Apple on cruise ships. 

He added: ‘We examined everything from the legality of using any type of cruise ship for temporary housing.’

According to the Democrat Mayor, New York’s facilities for housing migrants have been pushed to the brink in recent months – with the city having already opened 23 emergency shelters.

Adams said that 38 more shelters are set to be created to deal with the mounting issue.

Cruise ships were considered a form of housing for migrants and homeless people during Mike Bloomberg’s administration. However, the plan was never followed through.

It’s unclear if any details for cruise ship housing have been drawn up by Adams’ administration yet.

Speaking on ABC on Sunday, Adams added: ‘This is an American crisis that we need to face — a humanitarian crisis that was made by human hands, by some of the governors in the southern states.’

This comes as Republicans have stepped up their attacks on the Biden administration as they try to make immigration the theme of November’s midterm elections.

Despite the Martha’s Vineyard move being praised in Republican circles, liberals criticized DeSantis for pulling what they characterized as a cruel stunt that used human lives as pawns in a political game.

Among the critics was President Biden, who said DeSantis was ‘playing politics with human beings.’

Many called the situation a humanitarian emergency, while Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that Martha’s Vineyard – with a population of 15,000 – is ‘not equipped to provide sustainable accommodation’ to the migrants.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also took aim at DeSantis during a press conference, urging other Republicans who do not agree with his ‘blueprint’ to ‘speak up’.

She said: ‘This is an issue and we have been clear about this, this is an issue that is inhumane it is abhorrent and we should not be using people, migrants, who are fleeing communism as a political pawn.’

Defending his scheme to bus migrants across the county, Governor Abbott’s office said in a statement on Friday: ‘The busing mission is providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.’

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