EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — President Jos Biden will visit the border city of El Paso, Texas on Sunday, in what will be his first visit to the border as president, senior White House officials told the Nexstar bureau in Washington, D.C. .
Biden on Wednesday said he intends to visit the US-Mexico border before meeting in Mexico City with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.
“That’s my intention, we’re working out the details now,” Biden told reporters on Wednesday during a trip to Kentucky.
Upon his return to the White House, Biden said he hoped to see “what’s going on” at the border, and also planned to make remarks Thursday about border security.
In El Paso, US immigration officials say the continuation of Section 42, cold weather, the holiday season and the arrival of 600 National Guard troops have led to a significant drop in the number of illegal migrants entering the country.
Border guards were busy in mid-December, detaining an average of 2,150 illegal migrants a day and taking care of more than 4,000 foreign nationals.
Since then, the number of migrant crossings has sometimes dropped to 1,000 a day, according to the El Paso City Migrant Information Panel. The border guard ended December with an average of 1,800 arrests per day.