Biden Set to Make Rare Visit to Southern Border, Amid Escalating Immigration Crisis

BROWNSVILLE, Texas— President Joe Biden will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, where he is expected to highlight the urgency of passing the border deal agreed to in the Senate. President Biden is anticipated to criticize his main opponent, Republican frontrunner President Donald Trump, and House Republicans for obstructing the deal.

The president’s rare visit to the southern border coincides with former President Trump’s dueling Texas visit. President Biden will be traveling to Brownsville, located on the western Gulf Coast, while President Trump is scheduled to be about 300 miles away in Eagle Pass, the epicenter of the current border crisis.

Illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley, including Brownsville, have decreased notably in the last year, thanks partly to Texas’ initiatives to prevent illegal immigration, including National Guard members turning migrants back to Mexico. It had been the busiest route for illegal crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border for about a decade before that.

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