Republican governors continue to receive backlash for sending busloads of migrants to ‘sanctuary cities.’ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have all sent hundreds of people who have crossed the southern border illegally to bigger cities such as Chicago, New York, and D.C to bring attention to the border crisis.
Earlier this week, DeSantis sent groups of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts. Abbott sent another bus of migrants to the steps of VP Harris’ D.C residence. Democrat leaders, like California Gov. Gavin Newsom, are calling out the southern states for their ‘political stunts.’ Newsom has went as far as asking the Department of Justice to consider ‘kidnapping’ charges against the governors.
Newsom claims several individuals that were transported to Martha’s Vineyard were told their destination would be Boston. In his letter to the DOJ he wrote, “I urge US DOJ to investigate whether the alleged fraudulent inducement would support charges of kidnapping under relevant state laws.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the governors’ move an illegal political stunt while simultaneously blaming the Trump administration.
“There is a process that is in place. And what they are doing is illegal stunt; is a political stunt. And it’s really just disrespectful to humanity. It doesn’t afford them any dignity… It’s about a political tool — a political stunt that they’re moving forward with.”
As she answers a follow up question, she adds, “what we have been doing is doing the work that wasn’t done by the last administration. We are fixing a broken system.”
Tony Katz agrees it is a political stunt, but that is not the problem.
“Let us argue that the sending of illegal immigrants from Texas to D.C, from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, is a political stunt. And?? Now what? What is the value of calling it a ‘political stunt’? It doesn’t matter…what’s next?”
Katz says that the southern governors are reminding the rest of the country that migrants aren’t coming for Texas and Florida, but for the nation.
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