Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) urged President Joe Biden to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the start of an abuse investigation alleged sexual abuse of children in a facility used to detain migrant children.
Abbott, a Republican, called on the Biden administration to close a detention center in San Antonio on Wednesday, while announcing that an investigation into “very credible” allegations of sexual abuse and neglect at the facility had begun.
Jordan, a close ally of Trump, claimed the ‘crisis’ at the border could have been avoided had Trump’s policies remained intact in an appearance the same night on Fox News’ Hannity. The GOP congressman called for a return to politics after completing a two-day tour along the US-Mexico border in Texas with six other GOP members from the House Judiciary Committee.
“It’s a problem, it’s a crisis, it’s chaos that could have been avoided if they had kept in place the policies President Trump had in place that actually worked,” Jordan said. “It could be stopped if we were to just put in place … keep in place the policies that existed under President Trump.”
“President Trump called him a few weeks before stepping down in January,” Jordan added. “He told Democrats that if you reverse the policies we have in place, there will be a tidal wave of illegal immigrants at the border … and there are all kinds of bad things happening to children. during this trip.”
A wave of migrants at the border since Biden took office, especially unaccompanied minors, has drawn sharp Republican criticism of the president’s immigration policy.
The continued detention of migrant children, which also took place under Trump, drew bipartisan criticism from the Biden administration long before Abbott announced the investigation into child sexual abuse.
Jordan told host Sean Hannity that customs and border protection officials had promised him to “bring under control” the “chaos” at the border with a return to Trump-era policies.
“The officers were clear, Sean, they said they put the Stay in Mexico policy in place,” Jordan said. “Keep building the wall and we’ll stop this problem, get this thing under control and have the legal immigration that we’re supposed to have. Not this illegal chaos and crisis that we are now seeing at the border.”
Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, was interviewed by Hannity alongside Jordan. He echoed Jordan’s call for a return to the former president’s policies, saying “now is the time to make sure we return to the policies that worked under President Donald Trump.”
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment.