A White House response to illegal immigrant transports
Governors of Texas and Florida were sharply criticized by the White House for transporting illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard and outside Vice President Kamala Harris' Washington residence.
According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, illegal immigrants were bused from the border near Harris's home in the District of Columbia. A Massachusetts island often attracting wealthy and powerful, including the Obamas, who own a villa there, was made the target of illegal alien flights by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
In response to a question about the governors' recent actions, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said illegal immigrants deserve better "than being left on the streets of Washington, D.C. or Martha's Vineyard."
Afterwards, Jean-Pierre called the incident "reckless" and "shameful" and claimed the governors are exploiting migrants.
Abbott has been sending illegal immigrants to New York, Washington, and Chicago by bus even though he says they voluntarily sign up for the trip. Democratic officials have decried the tactic and even declared an emergency.
DeSantis and Abbott, however, claim that the Biden administration's policies on illegal immigration are deeply flawed, noting that the number of illegal aliens crossing the border skyrocketed after the White House reversed Trump-era immigration rules.
15 September 20222