Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border creates a stark contrast

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Concern about uncontrolled illegal immigration has become the top issue in the 2024 election.

Biden finally decided to visit the border after avoiding it for nearly three years, but where he went was telling.

Now both Trump and Biden visited the U.S.-Mexico border, but the differences in location show why Trump is winning this issue.

Trump and Biden to visit the border

Presidential Candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump both visited different portions of the Texas border recently.

However, the differences in the choice of location created quite a dramatic contrast between the current and former President.

Biden chose to visit Brownsville, Texas, while Trump chose to visit Eagle Pass.

Trump visited the border frequently when he was President, and he’s making immigration a signature issue of his campaign this year as he seeks to return to the White House.

He opposed a Biden-backed border security deal that was written by Senate negotiators to deal with an unprecedented hike in immigration numbers, which ultimately failed to pass.

For Biden’s part, this will be his second visit to the border since he took office, and the President says he may act on the immigration problem without the approval of Congress in the future.

In Brownsville, which is part of the Rio Grande Valley, illegal crossings have dropped significantly after once being the busiest corridor for illegal crossings for nine years.

Now, Eagle Pass has overtaken Brownsville in terms of numbers as of fiscal year 2022.

Nationwide arrests for illegal alien crossings surpassed 2 million for the first time in the last two budget years, which is over double compared to Trump’s peak of just under 1 million back in 2019.

Border arrests for Brownsville and the remaining Rio Grande Valley corridor were at their lowest since June 2020, down 90% from over 81,000 in the summer of 2021.

Meanwhile, the numbers are growing for Eagle Pass and the Del Rio sector counting over 71,000 arrests in December, which was more than the entire fiscal year 2019.

Brownsville’s population of around 200,000 people makes it much more capable of handling an influx of illegals, while Eagle Pass has a much smaller population of around 30,000.

Unlike Eagle Pass, Brownsville has an airport and a large bus station, so it’s more common for illegals to leave Eagle Pass on buses that have been funded by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s border security plan.

Location Matters

The choice of location along the border should have a significant impact on how the two candidates are perceived.

While both areas have long been Democratic strongholds, Eagle Pass has shown that Republican support there is increasing. 

Donald Trump narrowed his margin of defeat more in Maverick County (home to Eagle Pass) than he did in Cameron County, which is where Brownsville is seated. 

Eagle Pass is also represented by Republican Tony Gonzales in Congress.

Texas took control of a city-owned park located in downtown Eagle Pass in January and denied access to federal immigration agents. 

Now, it’s up to the American people to decide which candidate’s visit will have the biggest impact, if any, on the upcoming election.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.