Vice President Kamala Harris, in a Vice interview, accused republican governors of “playing games” with people’s lives by sending migrants from border states to sanctuary cities, calling the practice inhumane.
“These are political stunts with real human beings who are fleeing harm. I think it is the height of irresponsibility… frankly, a dereliction of duty, when you are an elected leader, to play those kinds of games with human life,” Harris told Vice News.
Governors Ron DeSantis (R.-FL), Doug Doocy (R.-AZ), and Greg Abbott (R.-TX) have all taken part in sending migrants either by bus or airplane to sanctuary cities across the U.S.
Most recently, DeSantis sent 50 migrants by plane to Martha’s Vineyard while Abbott sent a busload of migrants to Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington D.C. While bussing migrants to Philadelphia, New York City, and Chicago gained attention to their cause, sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Harris’ home triggered additional outrage amongst immigration rights’ groups.
During the interview, Harris was asked directly, “Can you understand the political point that DeSantis and Abbott are trying to make?”
Harris began to describe how wrong these governors have been for sending “Human beings, real people who have fled harm, who came to the United States of America seeking refuge, asylum.” She said they were nothing more than political stunts and games being played with human lives.
At the end of her answer, Harris was asked another question: “What is the solution?”
The Vice President blamed the Trump Administration, touted a “root causes” strategy designed to figure out why people are leaving their homes, and said that they had raised $3.2 billion to help people stay in their countries of origin.
There was no solution offered to the immediate problem that these republican governors are protesting. More than 2.2 million people were encountered at the southern border this past year, and nothing is being done by the Biden Administration about it.
For their parts, the republican border-state governors seem intent on continuing to prove their point until the Biden Administration steps up and helps with the immigration and humanitarian crisis that is happening at the southern border.
Our supposed Border Czar, VP Harris, has yet to see firsthand the impact of the open border policies she has helped implement.
Texas will continue sending migrants to sanctuary cities like D.C. until Biden & Harris do their jobs to secure the border. pic.twitter.com/dJKTAvckXB
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 15, 2022