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White House and Delaware plan possible plane from Texas carrying migrants

The White House said Tuesday it really is “coordinating closely” with state and local officials in Delaware to get ready for the possible arrival of a plane from Texas carrying migrants.

Why it matters: The potential flight to Delaware comes under a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took credit for organizing two previous flights from Texas carrying mostly Venezuelan asylum-seekers to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

What they’re saying: A spokesperson for Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) said the state’s emergency management agency and health insurance and social services department were preparing with community organizations prior to the possible flight “to make certain that migrants who arrive here have the support they need.”

  • “We have been coordinating with Federal officials and so are ready to welcome these families within an orderly manner because they pursue their asylum claims,” Emily David Hershman, Carney’s director of communications, said in a statement Tuesday.
  • The Biden administration has “received word of the flights,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a briefing on Tuesday.
  • “We have been coordinating closely with state officials and local providers who are ready to welcome these families within an orderly manner because they pursue their asylum claims.”

Another side: DeSantis said at a meeting Tuesday he cannot confirm whether he was involved with organizing the possible flight.

  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), who praised the flights to Martha’s Vineyard, said in a tweet the other day that Rehoboth Beach was “next.”
  • President Biden includes a beach house close to the town of Rehoboth Beach.

When asked Tuesday concerning the situation at the U.S. border, President Biden said fewer migrants are arriving in the U.S. from Mexico and Central American countries and much more are via Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, and wanting to send them back again to those countries “isn’t rational.”

  • “We’re dealing with Mexico along with other countries to see if we are able to stop the flow,” Biden said.
  • Customs and Border Protection said Monday it has recorded over 2 million encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border up to now this fiscal year, that is a new record for the agency.

The picture as a whole: DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) have up to now transported a lot more than 10,000 migrants to liberal enclaves to protest the Biden administration’s border policies, that they claim are too lax.

  • Lawyers representing individuals flown to Martha’s Vineyard the other day called on the Massachusetts and federal governments to open criminal investigations in to the flights, saying their clients were “induced to board airplanes and cross state lines under false pretenses” and promises of immigration assistance and employment services.
  • A Texas sheriff announced Monday he opened a criminal investigation in to the flights, saying the migrants were “lured” onto a flight to Florida, then another flight to Massachusetts.
  • DeSantis said the migrants had volunteered to take the flights and signed consent forms.

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