The former US president has stepped down since he left office, but will resume travel and rallies later in June.
Former President Donald Trump has said he will visit the U.S.-Mexico border later this month with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after they both complained about an increase in migrants crossing into the United States.
Trump, Abbott and other Republicans have criticized Democratic President Joe Biden for lifting restrictions on Trump’s immigration, as the number of migrants arriving at the border has reached higher monthly levels in 20 years.
“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest and most secure border in U.S. history and within a few weeks made it the worst border crisis in U.S. history,” Trump said in a statement. on Tuesday, announcing that he had accepted an invitation from Abbott to visit the border on June 30.
“We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world,” he added.
Republicans have been extremely critical of the Biden administration’s handling of the border and criticized Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been tasked with tackling the immigration crisis, for not visiting the border since he took office in January.
Trump did not say where he would visit the 2,000-kilometer (1,250-mile) border. Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The former president’s trip on the US-Mexico line will be the first since January 12, days before he left office, when he visited a section of the border wall in what was a kind of farewell victory vault.
Trump made building a wall along the border an important part of his presidency, and said illegal immigration and drug trafficking needed to be stopped.
Biden issued a executive order his first day in office, Jan. 20, paused in building the wall, saying “a huge wall spanning the entire southern border is not a serious political solution.”
The Biden order was the first in a series of measures to undo many of the Trump administration’s immigration restrictions and implement what the Biden administration has called more humane policies.
Abbott said last week that his state would build your own border wall, but it is unclear whether it has the resources and legal authority to do so.
Trump’s trip to Texas comes when the former president returns to the public track after his departure from the White House.
Trump is expected to go to Cleveland, Ohio, on June 26 for a rally, and Tampa, Florida, on July 3, for advisers.
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In addition to his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on June 30, Trump will hold a rally near Cleveland, Ohio, on June 26, where he is expected to meet with candidates he has approved, including Max. Miller, who is running to dismiss Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was one of ten Republicans who voted to oust Trump and has angered the former president and Ohio Republicans.
Trump is also reportedly holding a rally in Tampa, Florida, on July 3, which will mark his second post-presidential public appearance in the state he now calls home. In February, Trump he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.