On Sunday (January 8), President Joe Biden will visit the Southern Border before heading to the North American Leaders’ Summit taking place in Mexico City next week.
The announcement of Biden’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border comes on the back of the Biden administration’s most significant border policy meant to quell illegal migration.
The policy would allow 30,000 Migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti to enter the country every month while Title 42 is still in effect and crackdown on illegal border entries.
Announcing his visit to El Paso on Thursday (January 5), Biden mentioned he would “assess border enforcement operations” on his visit.
He would also be meeting “local officials and community leaders” as part of the trip’s itinerary.
Biden also explained he would be finding out “what [local officials] need that they don’t have” and making those needs public so “they don’t have to try to convince my Republican colleagues they should do something.”
An administration official first announced Biden’s trip to El Paso on Thursday while debriefing reporters about the recent changes to the migration plan.
The decision to visit the southern border is a significant deviation from Biden’s first two years in office, where lower-ranking officials conducted most border visits.
Biden’s visit also comes as Republicans and Texas Democrats have been calling on the President to visit the border amid an ongoing crisis.
El Paso, a Democratic stronghold, is the second-largest binational city along the southern border and has been struggling with an influx of migrants in recent months.