White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday compared Republican governors transporting illegal immigrants to other states with “smugglers” in Mexico and Guatemala.
“These vulnerable migrants were reportedly misled about where they were headed told they would be headed to, to Boston misled about what they would be provided when they arrived. Promised shelter, refuge benefits, and more. These are the kinds of tactics we see from smugglers in places like Mexico and Guatemala,” said Jean-Pierre.
These remarks come after Florida Governor DeSantis sent two planes filled with undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.
DeSantis’ office said the flights were part of the state’s “relocation program” that intends to send migrants to “sanctuary destinations” such as New York, California, and Massachusetts.
In a statement, Taryn Fenske, communications director for DeSantis, said “states like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies.”
Emergency shelters opened Wednesday night on Martha’s Vineyard “due to an unexpected urgent #humanitarian situation,” county officials said.
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Like his fellow GOP Govs. Greg Abbott in Texas and Doug Ducey in Arizona, DeSantis has complained about the Biden administration’s do-nothing attitude on border security, and how that has pushed illegal immigration to crisis proportions.
DeSantis was incensed after learning the Biden administration had deployed plane-loads of illegals in Florida without notification. DeSantis has repeatedly promised to deposit illegals in places like Martha’s Vineyard, where Obama owns a $12 million mansion, and Delaware, President Joe Biden’s home state.
For weeks Abbott and Ducey have been shipping illegal immigrants in their respective states to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago.
The mayors in those cities have not exactly laid out the welcome mat, even though all three are self-proclaimed “sanctuary cities,” meaning they won’t cooperate with federal authorities who may seek to detain and deport illegal immigrants.
As one example, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot last week called Abbott “unpatriotic and un-American” for shipping illegals to her city. New York Mayor Eric Adams has dubbed Abbott’s program “horrific.”
On Twitter, DeSantis campaign spokeswoman Christina Pushaw tweeted, “Martha’s Vineyard residents should be thrilled about this. They vote for sanctuary cities — they get a sanctuary city of their own. And illegal aliens will increase the town’s diversity, which is strength. Right?”