|President Donald Trump tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall under construction on Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by=Alex Brandon/AP)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] President Donald Trump bookended his administration's focus on immigration with a trip to his signature border wall on the US-Mexico border, a visit on the heels of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill incited by the President as House Democrats prepare a second impeachment vote.
On Tuesday, Trump traveled to Alamo, Texas, near the border, to mark the completion of more than 450 miles of the wall -- a trip that caters to the supporters who put him in office in 2016 despite heightening tensions nationwide and a raging pandemic. The border wall, which Trump repeatedly cited over the last four years as an accomplishment, cost US taxpayers -- not Mexico -- billions and became emblematic of the President's restrictionist immigration policies, which largely sealed the US off from immigrants and refugees.
During a brief speech near the wall, Trump listed off a series of those policies Tuesday, citing them as accomplishments and calling them "historic." Indeed, many of the policies rolled out over the last four years are unprecedented, including requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their immigration court date in the US and swiftly removing migrants arriving at the southern border under a public health order. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to undo Trump's policies and halt the construction of the border wall, a move Trump warned against.