White House likens governors to ‘smugglers’ — Analysis
Biden’s press secretary has argued that Republicans who send migrants to Democrat-run areas use the tactics of human traffickers
Over the US border crisis, Republicans have intensified their political fight with the White House. This suggests that GOP governors sending illegal aliens into Democrat-run communities far away from America are human traffickers.
“These vulnerable migrants were reportedly misled about where they were headed . . ., misled about what they would be provided when they arrived, promised shelter, refuge, benefits and more,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-PierreAccording to reporters, he said Friday. “These are the kinds of tactics we see from smugglers in places like Mexico and Guatemala.”
The statement came two days after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island known as a playground of the rich and famous, where former President Barack Obama owns a beachfront mansion. Two busloads with newly arrived migrants from Texas were also sent to Washington by Governor Greg Abbott this week. They were left near Kamala Harris’ residence.
Republican governors are known to have transported illegal immigrants into pro-immigration and staunchly proDemocratic areas for several weeks. DeSantis, Abbott and others argued that sanctuary cities which prevent illegal alien deportation should bear the costs of the fourfold increase in migrants to the US-Mexico Border since Biden was elected last year.
This tactic seems to have struck a chord with the White House. Biden called DeSantis, Abbott and reacted to illegal aliens being transported. “un-American” and accused Republicans of “playing politics with human beings.” Speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala on Thursday night, he added that it’s “long overdue”Republican legislators should help to pass legislation to allow illegal aliens to apply for citizenship in the United States.
The migrants dropped off on Martha’s Vineyard didn’t have a long stay on the affluent island. On Wednesday, Charlie Baker (Massachusetts Governor) called on the National Guard to transport illegal immigrants to a military facility. Chicago is another city that has been targeted by the migrant traffickers. Lori Lightfoot (Democratic Mayor) responded to the situation last week, sending dozens more of those who arrived in Chicago to a predominantly Republican area of the Windy City.
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Jean-Pierre charged DeSantis, Abbott with abetting the crime. “cruel, premeditated political stunt,” adding, “These governors care more about creating political theater than creating actual solutions to help folks who are fleeing communism.”