For nearly two years now, the Republican Party has been accusing President Biden of ignoring the very real issues at the southern border of the United States. Thousands upon thousands of migrants continue to stream into our country unabated, wreaking havoc on border towns like El Paso, Texas…all while the White House remains abjectly negligent on the subject.
This week, after a great deal of intense scrutiny, President Biden finally visited the region, and his first photo op from the border has incensed some of his critics.
President Joe Biden tweeted an image of his first-ever border visit Sunday that featured part of the “wall,” or border fence, in El Paso, Texas — after he and his party shut down President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Biden ran in 2020 on a promise to build “not another foot” of Trump’s border project after Democrats refused to fund it in 2019 and claimed that it was motivated by racism and the desire to keep brown or black people out.
As soon as he took office, Biden halted construction of the high bollard fencing that Trump had been building along the wall — though the Biden administration later quietly filled in some gaps that had been left behind.
He chose to tweet an image of himself doing so — from the official presidential account — flanked by Border Patrol officers and walking along the fence that exists in El Paso, one of the most secure points on the border.
The messaging seemed very much at odds with Biden’s border policies, which have been almost nonexistent at times, and drew criticism from many conservatives.