By TOM JOYCE
THE CENTER SQUARE STAFF REPORTER
(The Center Square) — President Joe Biden visited Arizona on Tuesday but did not visit the U.S.-Mexico border.
He visited the state to tour a Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. facility in the process of being constructed in Phoenix.
When a reporter asked Mr. Biden why he would come to Arizona and not visit the border, the president said visiting the border is not a priority.
“Because there are more important things going on,” President Biden said. “They’re gonna invest billions of dollars in a new enterprise.”
As Mr. Biden pointed out, TSMC is investing $40 billion in its Phoenix semiconductor plant.
The National Border Patrol Council, a labor union representing United States Border Patrol employees, ripped President Biden for his comment.
“No surprise that Biden doesn’t think the border crisis is ‘important’ or worthy of visiting/bringing attention to,” the union tweeted. “What is happening at the border is exactly what he wants: rampant lawlessness along with a new all-time record for escapes in November. To him, that’s a win-win.”
Kari Lake, who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Arizona this year, also ripped President Biden’s comment.
“DISGUSTING: Joe Biden visits Arizona & accidentally confirms what we all knew: he does not care one bit about the Border Crisis,” she tweeted.
President Biden’s remark comes at a time when attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are at an all-time high.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents had more than two million migrant encounters along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2022. It was the first time there had ever been that many on record.