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Former President Trump at February's Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Former President Trump told Fox News Saturday night he intends to visit the southern border soon, as he criticized the Biden administration's response to an uptick in migrants arriving there.

Details: Trump claimed on "Justice with Judge Jeanine" that "a lot of people want me to" visit, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol officials. After host Jeanine Pirro asked him when he'd go, Trump replied: "probably over the next couple of weeks."

  • "I don't think there's a rush for me to go. He's supposed to go and make the decision, a very, very bad decision with stay in Mexico where he ended that," Trump added, in reference to President Biden's move to end the former administration's Migrant Protection Protocols program.
  • Trump told Pirro that "thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak" to the border, and added "you're going to have millions of people pouring into our country, and it's going to destroy our country."

The big picture: There's been an increase in unaccompanied children and migrant families arriving at the border in recent weeks.

Of note: Several senior Biden administration officials and Congress members are due to visit a Texas refugee resettlement facility on Wednesday, per Axios' Sarah Mucha.

Go deeper: Border crisis not as bad as 2019 peak under Trump — for now

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Biden administration calls for more federal volunteers to help with migrant kids

A migrant girl from Central America in Brownsville, Texas. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration is calling for volunteers from across the federal government to help care for the growing number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a memo sent to federal agencies by the Office of Personnel Management, obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The request underscores just how overwhelmed government resources have become with more than 17,000 migrant minors in its custody, including over 5,000 in border patrol facilities unfit for minors. The number keeps rising.

9-year-old migrant girl drowns attempting to cross Rio Grande

A private fence along the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

A 9-year-old migrant girl drowned as her family attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Texas on March 20, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday.

The big picture: U.S. Border Patrol agents found a mother and two children unconscious on an island in the river that serves as the natural border between the U.S. and Mexico in the state of Texas.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Mar 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Why the climate crisis will intensify the border crisis

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The influx of migrants to the U.S. southern border has taken over the news — and climate change, among other factors, ensures it won't be going away.

Why it matters: The migration of tens of millions of people, exacerbated by a changing climate, will be one of the mega-trends of the 21st century. For both humanitarian and political reasons, wealthy countries like the U.S. will need to figure out a way to handle a flow of people that may never stop.