The White House said it was working with local authorities in Delaware to prepare amid reports that another flight of migrants from Florida and Texas was heading to the Democratic northeastern state, this time to the president’s home state of Delaware. Joe Biden.
At a briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said they had been notified of the flight and were working with government officials and local service providers to “welcome them appropriately.”
Last week there were two planes with 48 migrants Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew to Martha’s Vineyard. Over the weekend, Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed more migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in Washington. Lawyers with the Boston-based Civil Rights Lawyers Group have filed a lawsuit against DeSantis on behalf of the migrants in Martha’s Vineyard.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew two planes carrying about 50 migrants from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Wednesday night. Massachusetts officials say the planes originally came from Texas. DeSantis’ move is just one of many by Republican governors to send migrants elsewhere in the U.S. in what they see as a failure of the Biden administration’s border policies. Stephen Yel-Leur, Professor of the Practice of Immigration Law at Cornell Law School, joins LX to discuss this ongoing migrant crisis.
At a news conference Tuesday, DeSantis was asked if he was taking another flight to Delaware.
“I can’t confirm that,” DeSantis replied.
Jean-Pierre did not say how the White House found out about the latest flight, but called the latest flights “political stunts.”
“I can tell you that our information did not come from Governor DeSantis because his sole purpose, as he has made very clear, is to create chaos and use immigrants fleeing communism as political pawns,” said Jean-P er.
A representative of the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services told reporters about the expected flight of migrants. Jill Fredel said her team, in coordination with volunteer organizations, is ready to meet all the migrants’ immediate needs, including food, shelter, medical and legal services.
Fredel said the Delaware governor’s office has not been in contact with the Texas or Florida governor’s office and has no indication of when the flight might arrive, if at all.
“The main thing we want to offer is compassionate humanitarian aid. People who may come to our state have gone through a very difficult path. And this will be another stage of this journey,” Fredel said.
US authorities are grappling with an unusually large number of migrants crossing the border from Mexico amid rapidly changing demographics. The administration said Monday that people from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua accounted for more than one in three migrants stopped at the border in August. Authorities stopped migrants 2.15 million times between October and August, the first time more than 2 million in a government fiscal year.
DeSantis said the flights shed light on the Biden administration’s border policies.
“He inherited a border that wasn’t there, he created a crisis,” DeSantis said Tuesday.
The Republican governor also noted that new migrant flights are being developed.
“It’s already had a bigger impact than anyone thought, but we’re going to continue to have a bigger impact,” DeSantis said. “At the end of the day, what we’re doing is not the final decision, I think it opens people’s eyes to the decision, which is let’s have a secure border, let’s ‘Stay in Mexico.’ , let’s take the cartels. seriously, and let’s get on with the program.”
A local sheriff in Texas announced on Monday that it had launched an investigation into last week’s flights to Martha’s vineyard.