Trump, Biden To Make Dueling Border Visits This Week

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    Trump at the border wall via Wikimedia Commons

    On Thursday, both President Biden and Donald Trump plan to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as illegal immigration continues to be a central topic through the 2024 election.

    Biden will travel to Brownsville, Texas to meet with U.S. Border Patrol agents, law enforcement, and local leaders, according to a White House official. 

    That same day, Trump is delivering remarks in Eagle Pass, Texas, Fox News previously confirmed. 

    Brownsville and Eagle Pass are about 325 miles, or about a 5-hour-20 minute drive, apart. 

    According to a Fox News analysis published last week, nearly 7.3 million migrants are known to have illegally crossed the southwest border since Biden took office. 

    That number is greater than the population of 36 individual states. It comes from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which has already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September. If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal year 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that by itself exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state. 

    The total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486, CBP data shows. 

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