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Former President Donald Trump visited the southern Texas border with GOP lawmakers on Wednesday. His trip came on the heels of Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit, and he claimed she went to a part of the border without “real problems.” Former administration officials who focused on immigration came with Trump, including former aide Stephen Miller, former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, former acting Customs and Border Protection head Mark Morgan, former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan and Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas). He made the trip to point out the difference between his immigration policies and President Joe Biden’s. The Hill
In other federal immigration news…
GOP Indicates Immigration Will Be Used As Political Weapon for 2024 Election
The South Dakota National Guard and Florida law enforcement officers are headed to the border. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced plans to resume building the border wall. And Trump visited the border with House Republicans. It all indicates the GOP is likely to use immigration as a political weapon during the 2022 midterm elections and 2024 presidential primary. It may be a good strategy, seeing as a Morning Consult survey revealed 48 percent of voters disagreed with how President Biden is handling immigration issues. Opinions have turned especially volatile with southern border crossings on the rise. Politico
Biden Naturalization Event Will Call for Citizenship Reform
Biden plans on holding a naturalization ceremony this Friday at the White House, where 21 immigrants will become U.S. citizens. An administration official said Biden will use the opportunity to call for citizenship for those who were brought to the U.S. as children, foreign-born people who have temporary protected status and farmworkers. Biden has been trying to renew visa and refugee programs that were terminated or suspended by the Trump administration since he took office. Back in February, Biden and congressional Democrats said they’d work for a major immigration overhaul including an eight-year pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Republican lawmakers blocked the effort and criticized the administration for incline in border crossings. The Associated Press