Latin-American migrants sent to Washington by bus from Texas as part of a political fight over immigration

GOP governors use migrants in ‘brutal, deliberate political stunt’

Hispanic migrants busted to Washington from Texas as part of political immigration struggle – Copyright AFP/File Sam Yeh

Republican governors are stepping up their partisan tactics of sending migrants into Democratic strongholds without advance warning, increasing their resistance to the Biden administration.

The governors of Texas and Arizona have sent thousands of migrants by bus to New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. in recent months, but this week’s antics of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott go far beyond what is acceptable in a democratic society. .

The whole thing has turned into a game of political primacy, without taking into account the loss of life, not to mention the millions of public funds that have been wasted trying to make a point.

DeSantis claimed responsibility for sending 50 asylum seekers from Colombia and Venezuela on two flights from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, a resort town.

According to an employee, DeSantis made sure Fox News knew he undertook the move as part of a new “Florida resettlement program to transport illegal immigrants to safe havens.” The Florida Legislature has allocated $12 million to remove “illegal aliens” from the state.

“States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will make it easier to take care of these people they invited into our country by encouraging illegal immigration through their designation as sanctuary states and support for the Biden administration’s open borders policy.” , the employee said. added.

Regarding the legal status of migrants – CBS News notes that “many migrants who cross the border illegally from Mexico are temporarily protected from deportation after being released by the US authorities to file an asylum application in immigration courts — as permitted by US law and international treaty — or are released on parole on humanitarian reasons.”

In Illinois the previous day, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an emergency statement to deal with nearly 500 immigrants brought to Chicago by Gov. Abbott’s bus, mobilizing the state’s National Guard after he went to the media to call Abbott’s actions “disgusting.” informs NBC News.

On Thursday, two buses carrying migrants from Texas arrived at the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris at the US Naval Observatory, carrying more than 100 migrants from Colombia, Cuba, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.

“The Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis on our southern border that has endangered and overwhelmed Texan communities for almost two years,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has poured billions of taxpayer dollars into border security. signature problem.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who has publicly feuded with DeSantis and Abbott over their conservative policies, asked the U.S. Justice Department Thursday to investigate whether transporting migrants across state lines as a “political prop” violates the law.

“Transporting families, including children, across state lines under false pretenses is morally reprehensible, but may also be illegal,” Newsom wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, which he also posted on his Twitter account.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that federal officials were not notified in advance by Republican governors who sent migrants to Massachusetts and Washington.

“We are talking about children, we are talking about families who have been promised a home, promised a job, put on a bus and taken to an unknown place,” said Jean-Pierre, who called the governor’s actions “a cruel, deliberate political stunt.”

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