Biden hasn’t visited US-Mexico border since becoming president

Biden has faced criticism for not appearing in public on the southern border since becoming president.

On December 6, President Joe Biden visited Arizona for the first time since taking office. While there, he visited a new computer chip factory near Phoenix. But you must face to face criticism for not stopping along the US-Mexico border.

This is not the first time critic yes accused Biden did not visit the southern border. VERIFY viewer Randy reached out on verifythis.com to inquire if these claims are true.

QUESTION

Is it true that President Biden has not visited the US-Mexico border since taking office?

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ANSWER

This is the truth.

Yes, it is true that President Biden has not visited the US-Mexico border since taking office.

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WHAT WE FIND

VERIFY conducted a search of White House speeches, archives, and newsletters and found no public records of President Joe Biden’s visits to the U.S.-Mexico border since he took office. office on January 20, 2021.

In October 2021, Biden answered questions during a CNN town hall in Baltimore. When asked if he plans to visit the southern border, the president said he has been too busy to travel since his term began.

“I guess I should go down, but the bottom line is I don’t have much time to go down,” Biden said on October 21, 2021.

A day after town hall, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the last time the president was near the border was when he was in El Paso, Texas, during the 2008 election campaign.

“He didn’t need to go to the border to know what a mess the previous administration had left. That’s his point,” Psaki said.

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More than a year later, on November 30, 2022, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden had “reached the border” during a press conference, but did not specify when.

“So look, he was there,” Jean-Pierre said. VERIFY couldn’t find any records of Biden’s visit since 2008.

On December 6, Biden handle criticism at the White House before setting off for Phoenix.

“Mr. Chairman, why go to a border country and not visit the border? Peter Doocy, the White House correspondent for the FOX News Channel, asked Biden.

“There’s more important things going on,” Biden said.

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However, Vice President Kamala Harris made an official visit to El Paso, Texas.

In March 2021, Biden appointed Harris to oversee migration issues along the southern border. Two months later, on June 25, Harris went to El Pasoa city located on the north bank of the Rio Grande River, the international border between the United States and Mexico.

While there, she toured the El Paso Border Patrol Station, the El Paso Processing Center and the Paso del Norte Port of Entry, where her office said she had personally met young asylum seekers. The vice president’s visit was also recorded by local and national media.

VERIFY contacted the White House for comment but had not received a response at the time of publication.

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