Republicans Applaud Move to Send Migrants to D.C.
Republicans are blasting Democrats and the Biden administration for inaction at the southern border.
Senate Republicans said Democrats “would rather audit Americans than secure the border.”
“When they passed their reckless spending bill, they voted against hiring more border patrol agents,” Senate GOP tweeted, “Instead, they spent $46 billion to hire 87,000 IRS agents.”
Many GOP lawmakers are applauding the move by Republican governors to send migrants to Massachusetts and Washington D.C.
Texas Senator John Cornyn told CNN’s Manu Raju that this is a “terrific idea.” Florida Senator Marco Rubio told Raju the influx or migrants is a “national responsibility.”
“It should be a national burden, and we’re talking about a miniscule percentage of the overall numbers that are coming,” he said.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz gave “kudos” to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “for sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.”
Cruz said he proposed a similar effort last year and quoted Dukes County Commissioner Keith Chatinover who said he would “love Martha’s Vineyard to become a haven for new immigrants to this country” and accused Cruz of “trying to whip up racial anxieties for political gain.”
He also called out hypocrisy from Democrats regarding the handling of an influx of migrants southern states face.
“Let’s see if the Dems in Martha’s Vineyard feel the same way after a few thousand illegal immigrants arrive on their doorstep,” Cruz said in a tweet.
The Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee called out Vice President Kamala Harris, who was appointed by President Joe Biden to oversee the situation at the southern U.S. border, for not visiting the border.
“When [Vice President Kamala Harris] won’t go to the border, you bring the border to her,” the Committee said in a tweet.
“Will ‘Border Czar’ [Harris] open her doors to help the migrants who just arrived to the nation’s Capital?” another tweet read. “Or will she continue to ignore the problem, just like she’s been doing since February 2021?”
The Committee also took aim at Democratic leaders who are scrambling to accommodate the influx of migrants from Texas and Florida.
“Looks like the Democrat leaders of these sanctuary cities keep complaining about migrants being dropped off,” the Committee said, referring to Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Not living up to their role as sanctuary cities very warmly.”
Harris recently said the U.S.-Mexico border is “secure” during a recent interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press.
“The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed,” she said.
Todd pushed back, asking if the vice president is “confident” the border is secure given that the U.S. will have “two million people” cross the border for the first time ever.
“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration,” Harris said. “But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix given the deterioration that happened over the last four years. We also have to put into place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship.”
These comments draw a lot of criticism from border agents and Republican lawmakers, especially those in border states.
The Republicans of the House Judiciary Committee questioned if Democrats are changing their tune on support for sanctuary cities.
“So Democrats don’t like ‘sanctuary cities’ now. Right?” they tweeted.
Republicans are also outraged after an interview with one of the immigrants in Washington has gone viral.
In the interview with Fox News, and migrant said “everybody believes that the border is open,” adding that “everybody comes in illegally.”
Representative Jason Smith of Missouri blamed President Biden’s lack of interest in upholding immigration laws.
“Illegal immigrants believe the border is open because, for the last two years, President Biden has shown he has no interest in upholding our laws and has worked at every turn to undermine our border security,” he said in a tweet quoting the interview.