Local officials: Unfinished border wall allows illegal immigrants to enter U.S. easily

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A migrant family watches the sunset while waiting to be accounted for and taken to a border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S. on June 21, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:06 PM PT – Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Illegal immigrants have been reportedly surging across the southern border as Joe Biden has continuously left holes in the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Prompted by President Trump’s visit last week, concerned citizens in the Rio Grande Valley are calling for the border wall to be completed.

“We’re standing for freedom, we want him to build the wall. We want him to continue to build the wall…and we’re going to stand right here and stand for what we believe in the United States of America,” said Trump supporter, Chelsey Lorgotham.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the border wall near Pharr, Texas on June 30, 2021. - Former President Donald Trump visited the area with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to address the surge of unauthorized border crossings that they blame on the Biden administration's change in policies. (Photo by Sergio FLORES / AFP) (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

President Trump speaks during a visit to the border wall near Pharr, Texas on June 30, 2021. (SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

According to local officials in the border city of Rio Grande City, Texas, migrants are overwhelming the small community. Mayor of Rio Grande City, Joel Villarreal, said in a June interview that ineffective leadership is to blame for the migrant influx.

“We truly have not had a true comprehensive immigration plan or reform. We haven’t had it,” stressed the mayor. “Whether it’s Republicans in power or Democrats in power, that has not occurred.”

The Rio Grande Valley is particularly susceptible to illegal border crossings due to open gaps in the border wall. During his recent visit to the southern border, President Trump slammed Biden for not continuing to build the border wall.

Mayor Villarreal said it’s time for Americans to finally address the immigration issue and stop “kicking the can down the road.”

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