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Biden and Trump separately visit the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas

On the banks of the same Rio Grande but 300 miles apart, President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Donald Trump on Thursday surveyed the U.S.-Mexico border and tussled from a distance over who is to blame for the nation's broken immigration system and how to fix it.
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Split screen: Three hundred miles apart, President Joe Biden and his likely Republican challenger Donald Trump walked the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, dueling trips underscoring how important immigration has become for the 2024 election.
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Left: Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at Shelby Park during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas. Right: President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a visit to the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas, as Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, looks on.
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Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande and entered the U.S. from Mexico are lined up for processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sept. 23, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. A federal judge on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 blocked a new Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the U.S., dealing a victory to the Biden administration in its feud with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over immigration enforcement.
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President Joe Biden arrives at Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport for a trip to visit the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas.
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President Joe Biden talks with the U.S. Border Patrol, as he looks over the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas, along the Rio Grande.
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President Joe Biden talks with the U.S. Border Patrol and local officials, as he looks over the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas, along the Rio Grande.
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President Joe Biden, second from the right, looks over the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas. Walking with Biden are from l-r., Peter Flores, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Jason Owens, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol and Gloria Chavez, Sector Chief, U.S. Border Patrol.
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a visit to the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas. With the President from left are, Brownsville Mayor John Cowen, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas.
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a visit to the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas, as U.S. Border Patrol look on.
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a visit to the southern border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Brownsville, Texas, as Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, looks on.
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A member of the National Guard directs a vehicle at the gate to Shelby Park along the Rio Grande, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Eagle Pass, Texas. Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the area Thursday.
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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump talks with Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer, Adjutant General for the State of Texas, at Shelby Park during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump talks with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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Members of the National Guard listen as Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at Shelby Park during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump listens as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at Shelby Park during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at Shelby Park during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump listens as he visits the boat ramp at Shelby Park during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump lis ten Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer, Adjutant General for the State of Texas, during a briefing at Shelby Park during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Eagle Pass, Texas.

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