Fox News co-host Geraldo Rivera on Friday slammed Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for transporting migrants through the entire country in order to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
“Regardless of the sleazy motivation to perpetrate the existing immigration stunt, governors DeSantis and Abbott have succeeded to make the issue front page news. I challenge those hungry, hugely ambitious politicians to create specific policies to ease the border crisis,” Rivera tweeted.
His comment came following the Republican governors delivered a large number of migrants to other states this week to create a point that the Biden administration is mishandling the border with regards to illegal immigration. Meanwhile, GOP Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has sent 43 buses with migrants to Washington D.C. since May.
On Thursday, Abbott said that his state sent two buses of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris‘ house at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. The buses included between 75 and 100 migrants who originally originated from Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia, and Mexico.
“Today, two Texas buses of migrants attained the Naval Observatory in DC. VP Harris claims our border is ‘secure’ & denies the crisis. We’re sending migrants to her backyard to ask the Biden Administration to accomplish its job & secure the border,” Abbott tweeted.
Texas has been sending a large number of buses with migrants in the united states since April, spending over $12 million on transportation to Washington D.C. and NEW YORK, in accordance with a Texas Division of Emergency Management report obtained by CNN.
Representative Tony Gonzales, a Texas Republican, also criticized Abbott for busing migrants to Harris’ house, saying that “individuals who DO NOT be eligible for asylum ought to be sent back with their country of origin not bused round the U.S. as political capital.”
Meanwhile, DeSantis helped fly migrants on Wednesday from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on two planes that carried around 50 men, women, and children who have been mostly Venezuelan in a $12 million move.
Defending the Florida governor’s decision, Christina Pushaw, his former press secretary, said in a tweet that Martha’s Vineyard residents “ought to be thrilled” about welcoming the migrants.
In another tweet, she added: “They vote for sanctuary citiesthey get yourself a sanctuary city of these own. And illegal aliens increase the town’s diversity, that is strength. Right?”
DeSantis’ spokesperson in a statement emailed to Newsweek said that transporting migrants out of Florida is section of the state’s “relocation program,” which aims to ban human smugglers and traffickers from arriving at sunlight State. In addition, it prevents “illegal aliens at the southern border from entering Florida.”
“Florida continues to litigate against Biden’s catch and release policy and contains initiated a statewide grand jury to look at the harmful impacts of illegal immigration over the state,” the statement read.
The spokesperson added that Florida identifies illegal immigrants at the Southern border who have been processed for legal reasons enforcement and helps them reach sanctuaries and “high-wealth areas that support Biden’s open border policies, welcome immigrants, and also have significant resources to look after they.”
“Florida isn’t a sanctuary state. We shall continue steadily to facilitate an application to aid the transportation of illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities and states in the united states,” DeSantis’ spokesperson added.
This week, the White House blasted DeSantis and Abbott over their efforts to move migrants in the united states.
“We’ve had an activity in place. There is a legal method of achieving this andfor managing migrants,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said throughout a Thursday press conference. “Republican governors interfering for the reason that process and using migrants as political pawns is shameful, is reckless, and just plain wrong.”
Meanwhile, the influx of migrants getting into cities has increased concerns, which prompted Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to declare a 15-day public emergency earlier this month. Meanwhile, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday he signed a tragedy proclamation to secure resources to greatly help receive migrants that are bused in from Texas.
NEW YORK Mayor Eric Adams also recently expressed concerns concerning the influx of migrants getting into the town, but his press secretary, Fabien Levy, told Newsweek last month that the town will “continue steadily to use federal partners to get additional money immediately, but won’t turn our backs on those in need that are arriving here.”
“Sanctuary city mayors complain they’re overwhelmed by way of a few dozen migrants arriving on buses from Texas. It is a fraction of what Texas faces every day. We shall continue busing migrants until Biden secures the border,” Abbott tweeted Wednesday.
Newsweek reached out to Abbott’s office for comment.