President Joe Biden made a short pit stop in El Paso, Texas this week to meet with local officials and discuss border security issues. The issues consist of Title 42 and his new program of allowing 30,000 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela each month to enter the U.S.
However, President Biden has faced harsh criticism for his trip and for his lax approach to addressing the border crisis.
Despite what congressional Republicans and border-district congressional Democrats have said, Biden is hopeful immigration can become a bipartisan issue again.
He addressed this matter in Thursday’s speech.
“Immigration reform is supported by the American Labor movement, unions. It’s supported by religious leaders. It’s supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We can secure our border, fix the immigration system to be orderly, fair, safe and humane,” Biden stated.
Immigration used to be a bipartisan issue. We can make it that way again. pic.twitter.com/M0dLSGbnMI
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 5, 2023
Through his speech, Biden reminded the public who supports immigration reform that together they can all secure and fix the immigration system.
Regardless, Texas political figures, Rep. Randy Weber (R- TX) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), didn't think Biden’s visit was beneficial to the U.S. border crisis.
At first, Rep. Weber wasn't convinced Biden would move forward with the visit.
Likewise, Rep. Michael McCaul further commented on Biden and the border crisis, calling it "unsustainable."
"Major blue cities are experiencing just a fragment of what Texans face each day. And they're finally admitting what we've known all along: The Biden admin's border crisis is unsustainable," stated McCaul.
Major blue cities are experiencing just a fragment of what Texans face each day.
And they're finally admitting what we've known all along: The Biden admin's border crisis is unsustainable.https://t.co/dHqIGj0yHO
— Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul) January 6, 2023
Biden’s visit to El Paso this week was his first visit as president where he hoped to collaborate on viable immigration options. Nonetheless, this visit proved invaluable as he appears to have finally saw firsthand the real concerns of the local population and lawmakers.