Americans are growing even more concerned.
Former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s immigration policy on Tuesday, suggesting on social media that the United States is more vulnerable to internal threats than ever before.
In transcript provided by Newsmax, Trump explained, “With the millions of people that Crooked Joe Biden has allowed into the United States through his ridiculous Open Borders Policy, mostly young men, and large numbers of TERRORISTS, the U.S. is more vulnerable from inside terror attacks than at any time in its history, BY FAR! MAGA.”
In its 2024 annual Homeland Threat Assessment, the Department of Homeland Security warned that terrorism remains a top threat to the United States. The report highlighted the reformation of foreign terror groups, which could potentially target the U.S. It also pointed out the increased encounters with migrants from various countries, which have complicated border and immigration security.
President Biden has faced criticism from Republican lawmakers over the migrant crisis at the southern border. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, for instance, stated last month that the “next planner of 9/11” might travel to Mexico and easily cross the border into the United States.
On Saturday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a record one-month high of 269,735 illegal border crossings in September, bringing the total for 2023 to a record 2.47 million, which has strained CBP resources and personnel.
As the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, Trump is expected to continue his criticisms of Biden’s border policy leading up to the election year. This is especially significant following the October 7th attack on Israel, a country known for having one of the most secure borders in the world.
Just two days before the deadly attack in Israel, Biden had to defend his administration’s decision to waive 26 federal laws in South Texas to allow for the construction of approximately 20 miles of additional border wall. This move was criticized as a significant reversal of the White House’s stance.
Biden, who had been a vocal critic of Trump’s border wall, faced increasing pressure from Democratic governors and mayors to address the issue of illegal migration into their communities.
Despite previously expressing his skepticism about the effectiveness of walls, Biden explained that he tried to redirect the funds allocated for the project, but Congress refused, as the money had been appropriated for the border wall. Trump responded to this decision, asserting that it proved his point about the effectiveness of border barriers and called for an apology from Biden.