Eric Trump claimed that ‘illegal immigration was not a problem anymore’ when his father was president — despite the U.S. border with Mexico seeing a significant surge in migrants in 2019.
Speaking on Fox News on Sunday morning Eric, 37, an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said that his father regularly went to the border when he was president and falsely claimed that he ‘had the issue fixed.’
‘They’ll leave a 30-yard gap where people are pouring in. I mean, I just don’t understand it. My father had fixed this problem. Illegal immigration was not a problem anymore,’ Eric Trump said.
‘That’s the most humane form of immigration where you don’t have people making this dangerous trek, and literally it shows you what bad policy can do to a country.’
Eric said the system was ‘working’, ‘perfect’ and ‘fixed’ before Joe Biden took office.
Immigration analysts have long pointed out that the border wall does little to deter migrants, as they simply use ladders or other means to climb over remote areas of the barrier.
Democrats and Biden have pointed out that the U.S. routinely sees surges in migrants from Central America, including under the Trump administration.
On Saturday night, Donald Trump said he plans to visit the border soon claiming officials at the border ‘asked me to go.’
‘A lot of people want me to, the Border Patrol and the people of ICE want me there and have asked me to go. I feel I sort of owe it to them,’ Trump said to Fox News.
Former President Donald Trump waves after speaking and touring a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12 in his final visit to the border
‘They are great people doing an incredible job. It’s impossible with what they have done to stay in Mexico should have been left. Now they stay in the United States, by the way, stay in and never leave.’
He added: ‘Thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak. And you will have millions of people pouring into our country. It will destroy our country. It’s a very, very dangerous situation.’
Trump also called getting rid of the Migrant Protection Protocol was a ‘very bad decision’ while criticizing Biden for undoing his ‘Remain in Mexico‘ policy.
‘You’re going to have millions of people pouring into our country. It’s a very dangerous situation. I would love not to be involved. Someone else is supposed to be doing it.’
On Saturday evening, Trump claimed that the United States will soon see ‘millions of people pouring into our country’ as he called it a ‘very dangerous situation’
Trump also touted his relationship with the Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and blasted Biden for ending that.
‘We had a great process with the President of Mexico, who is a terrific guy and a friend of mine. It was a strong process. Frankly they weren’t coming into Mexico,’ Trump said.
‘By the time we got it going, they weren’t coming in at Mexico’s southern border because they knew they couldn’t come into the United States.’
Trump also said that Mexico had 28,000 soldiers who stopped people from coming in to the United States, before then touting his signature border wall.
Trump last visited the border during his final weeks in office when he traveled to Alamo, Texas, to celebrate the completion of more than 450 miles of his border wall.
A group of people waits to be transported after being caught by U.S. Border Patrol agents crossing the border from Mexico on Saturday
‘We paid for it already. The contracts are completed. The wall should be completed by now. He stopped it almost on his first day,’ Trump said.
Trump said the wall is ‘new’ and ‘top of the line’ addressing criticism from Democrats that fencing already existed at the southern border.
‘They like to say it’s renovated wall. We built new wall. They like to say it’s a renovation,’ Trump said.
‘It’s technologically advanced with the wires and we are hooked up for drones. We are hooked up for everything. This is great stuff. And they topped construction. So we have some open areas.’
Trump said that the Biden administration is filling those gaps with Border Patrol agents but claimed that it would not be necessary with the completed wall.
Migrants arriving from Mexico sit before state troopers and border patrol agents at a roadside after they were apprehended in a vehicle in the border city of Rio Grande on Saturday
‘You don’t even have to do that. They should finish the wall immediately. Stay in Mexico policy has to get reenacted. Which isn’t that easy anymore. Now Mexico is angry at us. The other countries are not respecting us,’ Trump said.
Trump blasted the Biden administration for letting the unaccompanied children who have migrated live in squalor and not letting press in to document the situation.
‘You have to see that squalor children and frankly people that have come into the country when you look at what’s happening. The dirt and the filth of those places. That’s why they are not letting the press in,’ Trump said.
Since Biden, pictures was inaugurated, the United States has seen an unprecedented surge of migrants at the border as the number of unaccompanied children are on track to surpass numbers from May 2019
‘If that were me the press would be going crazy. It’s a very dangerous situation. It’s horrible for our country.’
Since Biden was inaugurated, the United States has seen an unprecedented surge of migrants at the border as the number of unaccompanied children are on track to surpass numbers from May 2019.
U.S. border agents conducted 100,441 apprehensions or expulsions of migrants at the border with Mexico in February – the highest monthly total since a border crisis of 2019, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said recently.
President Joe Biden claimed on Wednesday that a ‘surge’ of migrants at the southern border started during the Trump administration.
Biden also blamed Trump for getting rid of a $700 million foreign aid program that would have prevented the migration surge by strengthening the economies of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Arizona pictures in June 2020. Only a fraction of new wall was ever built along stretches where no barrier stood before