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Democrats Slam ‘Pathetic’ GOP Governors For ‘Inhumane’ Migrant Stunts

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Democratic leaders in Recent York, Illinois and Texas on Sunday accused Republican governors of carrying out “inhumane” political stunts by busing and flying migrants from Texas to Democrat-led cities under false pretenses and all at once to local officials.

“It’s pathetic that these governors are benefiting from these helpless people, making guarantees to them to get on the bus and life is just gonna be effective,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Unwell.) said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

WATCH: Majority Whip @SenatorDurbin (D-Unwell.) criticizes governors like Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) for using migrants for “political purposes.”

“It’s pathetic that these governors are benefiting from these helpless people. … It is usually the youngsters that find yourself being the victims.” pic.twitter.com/SI9UcOQ1Fs

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 18, 2022

Greater than 500 asylum seekers have been transported to Chicago from Texas since late August, the office of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said last week. Washington, D.C., has received greater than 8,000 migrants since April, and Recent York City has received greater than 2,500 people since August, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) took credit for flying about 50 migrants last week to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Among the passengers said they were misled about where they were being taken and the job opportunities they might be provided.

Ana Ramirez Duran, 22, who says she is 8 months’ pregnant, holds her 3-year-old daughter after arriving on a bus from Texas with other migrants at Union Station in Chicago on Aug. 31.

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Recent York Mayor Eric Adams (D) told MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” that his city has a “moral and legal obligation” to offer shelter and aid to migrants and that he reached out to Abbott about coordinating future drop-offs. Abbott’s office refused to cooperate, Adams said, and Recent York City unexpectedly received no less than six more buses of individuals Saturday night. Adams called Abbott’s actions “inhumane” and “anti-American.”

“In some cases, we had those that were COVID positive on the buses with individuals who were dehydrated ― didn’t have proper food,” Adams said in a separate interview Sunday with CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Some were even tagged, like you’ll tag an animal.”

Fox News reported that two more buses arrived in Recent York City from Texas around 7 a.m. Sunday and that more buses are expected to reach later within the day.

Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar (D), who represents a border district, called for “solutions and never theater” to resolve the overwhelming influx of migrants.

“By sending off folks to Recent York or Chicago, it does bring attention but we wish to focus more on solutions on the border,” he said in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “We want to get Border Patrol, we’ve got to get [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement], Homeland Security, the equipment … ensuring that they’ve every part where they’ll implement the law because if we don’t have repercussions on the border we’re going to proceed getting 8,000 people a day.”

Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, who represents a border district in south Texas, calls for more equipment and resources to support border enforcement agencies as an alternative of what he called political “theater” by some GOP governors for sending migrants to blue states. pic.twitter.com/QO9YbImCGU

— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 18, 2022

Durbin, in his NBC interview, proposed his own solution: Congress passing a bipartisan plan that will allow migrants to legally work, pay taxes and undergo background checks upon entering the U.S.

“There’s a desperate need for staff,” Durbin said. “Our birth rate will not be maintaining with our demands for staff and in every walk of life which you can imagine, we want more people and there are those that need to serve our country. But we want an orderly process on the border.”

Abbott’s office said Friday that the busing is “providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.”

Migrants from Central and South America wait near the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington after being dropped off there on Sept. 15.Migrants from Central and South America wait near the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington after being dropped off there on Sept. 15.

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“The Biden-Harris Administration continues ignoring and denying the historic crisis at our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for nearly two years,” he said. “Our supposed Border Czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has yet to even visit the border to see firsthand the impact of the open border policies she has helped implement, even going up to now as to assert the border is ‘secure.’”

In a recent interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Harris described the border as secure however the nation’s immigration system as “broken.” She urged bipartisan legislative motion as an answer quite than “political gamesmanship.”

“If you should take care of the difficulty, there are practical solutions, which include making a pathway to citizenship, fixing a broken immigration system, coping with the basis causes of why persons are fleeing their home when most individuals don’t want to go away home,” Harris said. “And in the event that they do, it’s actually because they’re fleeing some harm, or they simply can’t deal with their basic needs in the event that they stay.”

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