A number of progressive politicians and pundits expressed outrage over the decision of several GOP governors to relocate undocumented immigrants to Democratic enclaves including Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
President Joe Biden sounded off on Republicans in a statement on Thursday, accusing them of “playing politics with human beings, using them as props.”
He described the effort to send migrants to locations including New York, D.C., and Chicago as “un-American” and “reckless,” adding: “We have a process in place to manage migrants at the border. We’re working to make sure it’s safe and orderly and humane. Republican officials should not interfere with that process by waging a politically political stance.”
For his part, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) used a recent Fox News Channel appearance to accuse Biden and other Democrats of cynically demonizing Republicans now after ignoring the plight of immigrants in previous situations.
“It’s not just a crisis when it’s the millionaires who are inconvenienced,” he said, referencing the death of dozens of migrants earlier this year to make his point.
Cruz asserted that Democrats “did not think it was a humanitarian crisis when we pulled over 50 bodies in body bags out of a truck in Texas of illegal immigrants who died because the smugglers let them die of heat exposure,” accusing party leaders of only sounding the alarms when they were personally inconvenienced.
“Suddenly, 50 illegal immigrants show up in lily-white Martha’s Vineyard, where rich liberals and billionaires sip Chardonnay, and it is World War III, they lose their stuff all over the place, and it just shows what utter nonsense it was,” he concluded.
The senator was not the only prominent Republican to share such a sentiment.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 16, 2022
According to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Biden waited until “50 illegal aliens end up in a very wealthy, rich, sanctuary enclave” to speak out against the supposed humanitarian crisis.
“What we’re continuing to do is use every tool at our disposal to insulate the state of Florida from the negative ramifications of his reckless border policies, and yes, that involves helping with transport,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, Cruz noted that residents of his state and others along the border “are feeling the price” of the Biden administration’s lax immigration laws.
“He lies to the American people,” Cruz added. “He sends [White House press secretary] Karine Jean-Pierre out to claim nobody is crossing the border illegally.”