(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to take a tour of the state’s chaotic border with Mexico later this month.
“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone,” Trump said in a statement after accepting the GOP governor’s request.
He will visit the border region on June 30.
The former president’s visit comes after Abbott announced a series of measures he would be taking on his own to address the worsening crisis. Department of Homeland Security officials estimated that more than 180,000 migrants were apprehended after illegally crossing into the U.S. in May, the most in a single month in decades.
The measures Abbott plans to take are arrests of migrants who enter Texas illegally on state charges, as well as erecting a wall along some sections of the border.
“Abbott also announced plans to increase local jail capacity along the border, and increase arrests by having state troopers arrest migrants on state charges,” the Texas Tribune reported.
Abbott has also deployed about 1,000 Department of Public Safety officers in the border regions.
“We need to build the border wall in certain strategic areas, and it’s going to be tomorrow that I make the public announcement about exactly what the Texas plan is for building the border wall,” Abbott told Newsmax’s “Greg Kelly Reports” on Tuesday.
“Texas has a plan to step up and continue to build the wall because we need to help our fellow Texans from the unbelievable number of people coming across the border,” he added.
The GOP governor also praised the former president’s immigration enforcement efforts.
“He set the high mark for what needs to be done on the border with building the border wall, the remain in Mexico policy, with the Title 42 policy, by sending a message that no longer could people come across the border illegally,” Abbott told Kelly. “He was going to enforce the immigration laws.
“It’s amazing that we now have been through about five months or so of another administration that have yet to come down to the border, either the president or vice president,” Abbott noted further.
He went on to say that he has heard little from the Biden administration regarding the burgeoning crisis, which is a switch from when Trump was in office.
“President Trump was highly engaged and he remained in active communication with me during the entirety of his presidency,” Abbott said.
“Obviously President Trump was controlling the border far better than President Biden is.”
Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of dealing with the border migrant crisis in late March. She hasn’t visited the region personally yet, however, drawing criticism from some border state governors as well as congressional Republicans. Texas Democrats have also urged Harris to visit.