Pres. Biden, Fmr. Pres. Trump To Visit Mexico Border

February 28, 2024

We’re going to do our job. But we should be asking the national government: Why is this happening to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington?

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (Democrat) on the historic influx of people along the U.S. border, reflecting how this issue has become a top topic, across party lines and beyond border states.

Big Picture: On Thursday, President Biden is scheduled to make his second trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office, visiting the Texas border city of Brownsville. Meanwhile, President Trump is expected to visit Eagle Pass, TX – a border city about 325 miles away. The 2024 presidential candidates border visit emphasize the increased focus on immigration, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded a historic number of encounters of people attempting entry into the country via the southwest (and northern) border over the past several months. Note: The number of encounters along the southwest border significantly decreased in January; TBD whether this trend will continue.

Background on Brownsville and Eagle Pass, Texas:

  • Brownsville, TX: The Rio Grande Valley, the CBP sector including Brownsville, has seen recent improvements as far as the number of people encountered. The city of about 200,000 has more people and resources enabling it to better absorb larger numbers of people traveling through, as compared to Eagle Pass, which has a population of around 30,000 people.
  • Eagle Pass, TX: The Del Rio Sector, including Eagle Pass, is one of the busiest sectors along the southwest border for encounters. Almost two weeks ago, TX Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to “build an operations base for up to 1,800 National Guard members in Eagle Pass, expanding the presence of soldiers in the border city where the state has clashed with the Biden administration over immigration enforcement …” (The Associated Press).

Read More: Texas border cities offer Biden and Trump different backdrops for dueling visits (The Associated Press)

Biden and Trump both plan trips to the Mexico border Thursday, angling for advantage on immigration (The Associated Press)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas