White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday has said that the Republican governors who are transporting migrants to Democrat-run cities are essentially smugglers. This is the latest criticism in what has been a long debate regarding the migration crises and the issue on the southern border.
Jean-Pierre blasted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) after both of them continued their operations of transporting migrants either by plane or by buses to Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and Chicago. She also accused the governors of making false promises to these immigrants regarding asylum and leaving them hoping they would receive both shelter and benefits. Instead, she noted that they were being used like political paws and “treated … like cattle”.
She also said that this is a stunt as DeSantis’ state does not have any borders with Mexico, so for him to fly migrants to Massachusetts without informing the local authorities just left the migrants vulnerable and misled about what they would receive once they reached Massachusetts.
She also argued that the promise of shelter, refuge, benefits, and food are often what smugglers in Mexico and Guatemala use to lure these people in.
DeSantis recently sent two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday. Abbott similarly has sent multiple buses to Washington, New York, and Chicago. Most recently he also sent two buses to Vice President Harris’s residence in Washington.
Republicans have repeatedly argued that the Biden administration has failed to handle the migration crisis and the issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. The White House on the other hand has been arguing that they are trying to fix the broken system left to them by former President Trump.