Dueling border visits pit Biden and Trump against each other on No. 1 voter issue

EAGLE PASS, Texas — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will both descend on the southern border Thursday in a historic showdown as each politician vies for the upper hand on voters’ top issue: immigration.

Biden will touch down in the southeastern tip of Texas in Brownsville, while Trump, his likely Republican challenger for president, will visit the south-central region’s Eagle Pass.

Immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border has become a humanitarian crisis as thousands of illegal crossings overwhelm border agents each day. But it has also become politically toxic for Biden, whose approval ratings are weighed down by Republican claims that he is presiding over an open border. Trump’s visit is intended as counterprogramming to the president.

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX), a Republican congressman whose district makes up the largest chunk of the 2,000-mile southern border, chided
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