DeSantis and Abbott Are Wrong To Treat Migrants as a Punishment
“We’re sending migrants to her backyard to call on the Biden Administration,” Texas governor says. Republican politicians are moving migrant asylum seekers around the U.S. with little thought to their needs or well-being, instead using them like pawns in a disgraceful game of political one-upmanship.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent two buses of migrants from Texas to nearby the home of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a small island and vacation destination in Massachusetts. The migrants were flown to Martha’s Vineyard after being sent from Texas to Florida.
Some of those sent say they were misled about where they were going, Reuters reports. One told Reuters that they had been promised short-term support, work permits, and English lessons. But services in Martha’s Vineyard didn’t even know they were arriving.
Republican leaders explain that they’re making a point about immigration policy and how America needs to secure its borders…as if it’s morally acceptable to simply use people at their most vulnerable to make such a point. Abbott, DeSantis, and those cheering them seem to forget these are people, not chess pieces. People who came to America seeking opportunity, protection, and rights—and in return got treated like inanimate objects in bids to score points against political opponents.
“Harris claims our border is ‘secure’ [and] denies the crisis,” Abbott tweeted. “We’re sending migrants to her backyard to call on the Biden Administration to do its job [and] secure the border.”
If Abbott’s assertions don’t make it clear enough that this is merely a political stunt, one need only look at the way these operations are going down.
If this were just a matter of resources being spread too thin in border states, facilities being full, or jobs being more abundant elsewhere, leaders in Florida, Texas, and Arizona (which has also been busing migrants to other states) would coordinate with states where they were sending people—or at least give them some advance warning. They would also pick places where migrants could be conveniently received. Instead, they’re sending busloads of migrants to these places unannounced, and dropping them off without warning at places like the vice president’s house.
“The fact that Fox News, and not the Department of Homeland Security, the city or local NGOs were alerted about a plan to leave migrants, including children, on the side of a busy D.C. street makes clear that this was just a cruel premeditated political stunt,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
I know the idea is supposed to be that border states don’t know when migrants will arrive
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