As the United States experiences an unprecedented spike in illegal immigration, many Republicans are pointing to the Biden administration’s lax policies regarding border security as a primary factor.
There are many reasons that the GOP insists such rampant border crossings are making the nation less secure, with the influence of Mexican drug cartels somewhere near the top of the list.
For his part, former President Donald Trump vowed to attack the problem head-on if and when he returns to the Oval Office. He released a campaign video this week in which he accused his successor of perpetrating “a deadly betrayal of our nation” by essentially allowing these criminal organizations to operate unchecked.
“Joe Biden has sided against the United States and with the cartels,” Trump asserted, promising that as president he would “take down the cartels, just as we took down ISIS and the ISIS caliphate” during his first term.
As for how he plans to accomplish this goal, he said that he would task the Defense Department with using “special forces, cyber warfare, and other overt and covert actions” designed to take down critical elements within the cartels.
“When I am back in the White House, the drug kingpins and vicious traffickers will never sleep soundly again,” he added. “We did it once, and we did it better than anybody else.”
Touting his own stricter immigration policies, the former president noted that “unlike the situation we are in today, we had a very, very strong border,” describing it as the most secure period in American history.
Biden has received significant backlash over the past two years for repealing or watering down border security measures implemented during the Trump administration. As far back as September 2021, even some Democrats were beginning to push back against the current administration for its failed policies.
As Texas-based Democratic operative Colin Strother asserted at the time: “They’ve completely bungled it from the jump.”
The president has apparently decided to address at least some of that bipartisan backlash, confirming this week that he plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border during an upcoming trip.
In a subsequent address, he signaled an intention to increase border security while providing a path for legal entry for up to 30,000 immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua each month.