The political tactic is increasingly being deployed by Republican governors with large influxes of undocumented immigrants to draw attention to what they see as the Biden administration’s failed immigration policies. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent two migrant planes to the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday.
Jean-Pierre did not hesitate to protest against the strategy on Thursday, calling it a “cruel and premeditated political coup”. She said if governors “really cared about border security,” they would have encouraged Republican senators from their states, including the senator. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida – to vote to approve President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security funding request.
The press secretary also bristled that Fox News had been alerted to the plan to drop off the migrants outside Harris’ residence before DHS or local government agencies knew about it.
“The fact that Fox News and not the Department of Homeland Security, the city, or local NGOs were alerted to a plan to leave migrants, including children, on the side of a busy DC street makes it clear that This is just a cruel and premeditated political stunt. ,” she says.
On whether the Biden administration will take legal action against governors over the tactic, Jean-Pierre defers to the Justice Department. She reiterated that there is a process for welcoming migrants that Republican governors do not follow, and said it was “deeply alarming” that migrants had been misled about where they were being taken.
“It’s really a lack of respect for humanity,” she said. “It gives them no dignity what they are doing, when you leave families and children in a place where they were told they were going to find housing and a place where they were told they were going to find jobs. … It’s just cruel.