The White House on Thursday slammed Republican governors for headline-grabbing transfers of undocumented migrants into Democratic-led areas as “cruel” and “shameful.”
The use of migrants as “political pawns” in the debate over illegal immigration ahead of November midterm elections is a “premeditated political stunt,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
She spoke after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took credit for sending two planeloads of undocumented Venezuelans to Martha’s Vineyard, a vacation island popular with the powerful and wealthy off the coast of Massachusetts.
“It is a cruel, inhumane way of treating people who are fleeing communism,” Jean-Pierre said. “We’re not just talking about people, we’re talking about children.”
“It is indeed a political play,” she said. “It is endangering people’s lives and it is inhumane. It is taking away people’s dignity.”
“It’s shameful and we should call it out,” she said.