With the mid-term elections approaching, Republicans hope to bring the issue of immigration back to the center of the news.
Florida’s influential Republican governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, September 14, claimed responsibility for sending two migrant planes to an elegant, democratic island in the northeastern United States. A group of about fifty Venezuelan migrants, including children, arrived on the same day at Martha’s Vineyard, a vacation spot for the wealthy that has hosted the Kennedys, Clintons and Obamas, according to the local newspaper. MV Times. Although the Florida governor arranged for transportation, the migrant planes were arriving from Texas and not his state, according to the paper.
“Migrants are disembarked on Martha’s Vineyard on charter flights from Texas. Many don’t know where they are. They say they were told they would receive housing and work “Local Democrat Dylan Fernandes tweeted Wednesday night. “Our island has mobilized” providing beds, meals and care, he added, stating that the inhabitants had not been warned of this arrival. Three of the migrants told NPR public radio that a woman calling herself “Pearl” approached them near their San Antonio, Texas shelter and allegedly convinced them to board a plane. “for Boston”, where, he told them, their documents would be processed more quickly. They would also receive food. “He offered us help, summarizes one of them. Help that never came “.
What they are doing is wrong. He is anti-American. He is irresponsible. “
“Republicans engage in politics with humans, using them as pawns”chastised Joe Biden on the sidelines of a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala Thursday night. “It’s wrong what they’re doing. It’s un-American. It’s irresponsible.”, continued the American president. The White House spokesperson previously called the move a “ashamed” And “cruel”. “There is a mechanism and legal means (…) to manage migrants. When the Republican governors stop this mechanism and use migrants as political pawns, it is shameful. “Karine Jean-Pierre said. “It is a premeditated political maneuver” And “cruel”he also valued during his daily exchange with the press. “Exploiting vulnerable people as part of a political coup is scary and cruel”for its part, Elizabeth Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, where the island of Martha’s Vineyard is located, was indignant.
As soon as even a small fraction of what border towns have to go through every day is brought to their doors, they are furious. “
Ron De Santis, Florida governor behind the operation
Immigration policy, an explosive topic in the United States, is even more so just weeks before the high-risk mid-term elections, with Republicans accusing President Joe Biden of turning the Mexican border into a sieve . . It is a favorite theme of Republicans, and the movement of migrants during spectacular operations offers them the opportunity to bring the debate back to the center of the news. Ron DeSantis, who took responsibility for this transport through the voice of his team members, thus joins a movement launched by the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona, determined to send migrants to the Democratic cities of the North and the United States. East, in a very political gesture addressed to his constituents.
Ron DeSantis is campaigning for re-election in November. He is also seen as a potential rival of former President Donald Trump in the race for the White House in 2024. In a speech on Thursday, the Republican denounced “the deception” Democratic states that promote the reception of migrants. “As soon as we bring even a small part of what border towns have to endure every day to their doors, they are furious”he screamed. “Martha’s Vineyard residents should be thrilled”Christina Pushaw, of the Florida governor’s communications team, joked on Twitter Wednesday. “Illegal migrants will make the city more diverse, which is a strong point. No ?”
“Serving fresh meat at its constituency”
Charlie Crist, Democratic opponent of Ron DeSantis in the run for governor in Florida, denounced a “political calculation” with the purpose of “Serve fresh meat at its constituency”. The candidate denounced the price of this transaction, saying Florida was spending “12 million dollars to send innocent immigrant children away from our state”.
The very conservative governor of Texas Greg Abbott, a pioneer of this initiative and also campaigning for his re-election, has for his part sent two buses of migrants near the residence of Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris. They arrived in Washington Thursday morning, according to Fox News.
“Vice President Harris says our border is “safe” and denies the existence of a crisis. We are sending migrants to his backyard to urge the Biden administration to do its job and secure the border. “, tweeted the governor of Texas. He claims he has already sent 10,000 migrants since April to Washington, New York and, most recently, to Chicago. Transport these migrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Washington “it was a necessity”commented Andy Biggs, elected Republican of Arizona in the House of Representatives. “Democratic leaders must come down from their ivory tower and face reality.”