Roughly a dozen House Republicans will join former President Donald Trump on a visit to the southern border next week.
Lawmakers from the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus within the House GOP, will attend the trip with Trump next Wednesday. Rep. Jim Banks, who leads the committee, accused the Biden administration of worsening the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has seen a surge in migration in recent months.
"That’s why the RSC has made carrying on the Trump legacy on immigration our top priority this Congress and why we are heading to the border with President Trump to explain how we can end this national embarrassment," Banks said in a statement shared with the Washington Examiner.
Trump made the announcement that he would visit the border earlier this month, though he hinted that he would make such a move in March during an interview with Fox News, saying that "a lot of people want me to."
"Thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak. And you're going to have millions of people pouring into our country. And it's going to destroy our country," Trump said at the time.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who recently announced his state would continue Trump's efforts to erect a wall on the border, will also be in attendance on the trip.
Trump's trip will come days after Vice President Kamala Harris travels to the border. Harris, who was tapped by President Joe Biden in March to oversee the immigration crisis, has faced backlash by Republicans and some Democrats over her prolonged absence to go visit the southern border.
Harris will travel to El Paso, Texas, on Friday and is expected to be accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Trump signaled in a statement that he was pleased that Harris would be making the trip but slammed the administration's oversight on the issue.
"After months of ignoring the crisis at the Southern Border, it is great that we got Kamala Harris to finally go and see the tremendous destruction and death that they've created — a direct result of Biden ending my very tough but fair Border policies," the former president said. "Harris and Biden were given the strongest Border in American history. And now, it is by far the worst in American history."
Since Biden took office, the border has seen a surge in migrant crossings. In May, federal law enforcement stopped more than 180,000 people who attempted illegal crossings, the highest number in over two decades.
A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers from southern states has since called on the Biden administration to strengthen its efforts to corral the migrant flow.
In early June, Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, and Texas Reps. Tony Gonzales, a Republican, and Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, urged the White House to adapt some of their proposed solutions to the crisis, including handling asylum claims faster and preventing migrants from being released into the United States.
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