- Biden and Trump to make dueling visits to Texas border on Thursday
- The head of the Border Patrol union said Biden was going because he was behind in the polls.
- “It’s not even going to the right place,” Brandon Judd told DailyMail.com
The head of the National Border Patrol Council criticized President Joe Biden on Monday for his brazen election campaign, accusing him of deciding to visit the southern border with Mexico only because he is trailing in the polls.
Brandon Judd said the president, who will visit Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday wasn’t even going to the right place.
“You’ve had three years to do something,” Judd, who represents 17,000 Border Patrol agents, told DailyMail.com shortly after the trip was announced.
“And now that he knows that he is being badly hurt in the polls, due to the crisis he caused, he is now going to the border.”
If Biden had really done everything he could, Judd added, why would he have to leave?
Brandon Judd, chairman of the National Border Patrol Council, criticized President Joe Biden’s plans for a trip to the southern border this week.
People cross the Rio Grande to surrender in Brownsville, Texas, to the authorities to begin their immigration process
The border crisis occupies a central place in the electoral campaign this week. Both Biden and his likely Republican rival Donald Trump announced plans to visit different parts of Texas on the same day.
Judd said Biden wouldn’t see what was really happening.
“It doesn’t even go to the right place,” he said. ‘He goes to Brownsville, Texas; The Rio Grande Valley has been very slow for the last 11 or 12 months.
“Right now, where we’re seeing the worst is in the Tucson sector, in the San Diego sector, but he chooses to go to Brownsville.”
Earlier, a White House official revealed plans for the visit.
He said the president will meet with U.S. Border Patrol agents, law enforcement officials and local leaders.
“He will discuss the urgent need to pass the Senate’s bipartisan border security agreement, the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border in decades,” the official said.
It came after details of a planned Trump visit to Eagle Pass had already emerged.
The Trump campaign ridiculed Biden.
“Corrupt Joe Biden has had three years to visit the border and solve the crisis he created,” said spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt.
“Now Biden’s handlers are sending him there on the same day as President Trump’s publicly reported trip, not because they really want to solve the problem, but because they know Biden is losing badly.”
Judd said a trip to Eagle Pass made more sense because Trump will be able to see what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been doing there with barbed wire and floating barriers.
“Since Texas stepped in and took control of that area, we’ve seen a fourfold drop in the number of illegal crossings,” he said.
‘So he’ll go there to see, hey, what works? What are you doing? What is working?