Trump signs ‘infallible’ border wall during Arizona tour

President TrumpDonald John Trump Bowman has a double-digit lead over Engel in New York. McGrath leads Booker in Kentucky with results expected next week New York Republican Chris Jacobs wins special election to replace Chris Collins MORE I toured and signed a section of the southern border wall in San Luis, Arizona, on Tuesday as part of a trip to mark the construction of 200 miles of the barrier.

The president traveled to Arizona, which is fast becoming a state to win in his reelection bid, to promote progress on the structure along the U.S.-Mexico border. The visit allowed Trump to focus on his topic amid a series of damaging headlines and national crises, including the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn.

The President signed a plaque attached to a bollard that marked 200 miles of the border wall. He admired the construction of the wall, calling it “truly infallible”. The last time he visited the border was in September, when he signed a piece of the wall near San Diego.

Critics point out that much of the 200 miles are actually rebuilt or reinforced fences that already existed, although the new construction represents a significant improvement in deterring potential border crossings.

During a round table with federal and state officials to discuss border security, Trump tried to frame the construction of the wall as a political asset for him before November against the alleged Democratic candidate. Joe BidenJoe Biden Joe Biden wins New York primaries The Memo: Trump’s bid for law and order falling flat The Pro-Trump group’s announcement questions Biden’s mental fitness.

“It is totally controlled by the radical left, as you understand. You are not controlling it. They are controlling it, “Trump said. “They want open borders. They want criminal sanctuaries. They want everything that doesn’t work. “

The president suggested that Democrats no longer spoke of their opposition to the border wall because it was a winning issue for his administration.

“The wall is never mentioned anymore,” he said. “The reason it is not mentioned is not that we have won the battle. It’s just that it’s so compelling to have done. “

An average RealClearPolitics poll shows Trump follows Biden by 4 percentage points in Arizona. The president won the state in 2016 by approximately 90,000 votes.

Arizona senator Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyMcSally presents bill to incentivize Americans to take a vacation (R), who according to polls is following his Democratic rival by an average of 10 points, traveled with the president to Arizona on Air Force One. Trump plans to deliver comments to a group of students he supports in Phoenix later on Tuesday. after touring the section of the border wall.

Secure the southern border of the US USA It has been a hallmark of Trump’s election campaigns in 2016 and 2020, with his wall so touted as the centerpiece of his agenda to combat illegal immigration. Trump has worked to restrict legal and illegal immigration during his presidency.

The trip to Arizona came a day after Trump signed an executive order extending the limits of certain work visas until the end of the year in a purported effort to fuel the United States’ economic recovery during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We want to give Americans work right now,” Trump told reporters in Arizona when asked why executive action was necessary on Monday.

Trump also pledged to resubmit documents to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after the Supreme Court rejected his first attempt to do so last week, saying the administration failed to provide adequate cause. The program provides protections for the dozens of young undocumented immigrants who were illegally brought to the United States as children.

When asked for a message for those “Dreamers,” Trump told reporters: “Raise your heads. Good things are going to happen.”