Political battle over migrant movements in the United States | The migrant crisis

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Political battle over migrant movements in the United States | The migrant crisis

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Venezuelan migrants in front of St Andrew's Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts

The White House on Thursday called “shameful” the decision by Republican governors to bus and fly migrants to Washington and a posh island in the northeastern United States. /p>

For months, local Republican officials, foremost among them the powerful Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, have been transporting migrants in buses to Democratic strongholds in the country.

A way to denounce the politics of President Joe Biden, whom they accuse of having turned the border with Mexico into a sieve, and of trying to put immigration at the center of the mid-election campaign. -mandate, in November.

These practices of sending migrants from the south to the north of the country have turned into a political battle, a few weeks before these high-stakes legislative elections .

This is a cold and premeditated political maneuver, insisted White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, accusing these tenors of the American right of #x27;using migrants as pawns, in a cruel way.

Thursday morning, two buses carrying migrants arrived near the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington. A place obviously chosen on purpose, the Democratic official being in charge of the explosive file of immigration at the White House.

Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas

They had been sent by the very conservative Greg Abbott, campaigning for his re-election in this state on the front line of the wave of irregular immigration from Central American countries.

“Vice President Harris claims our border is 'safe'. and denies the existence of a crisis. We are sending migrants to his backyard to urge the Biden administration to do its job and secure the border. »

— Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas

He claims to have already sent 10,000 migrants since April to Washington, New York and more recently Chicago.

< p class="e-p">On Wednesday, the influential Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis joined this movement, claiming to send two migrant planes to the island of Martha's Vineyard, a mythical vacation spot for the richest having welcomed the Kennedys, the Clintons or the Obamas.

A group of about fifty Venezuelan migrants, including children, arrived on this island on the coast of Atlantic New England, a region rich in elites often the target of conservatives.

Although the governor of Florida organized this transport, the planes arrived from Texas and not from his State, according to local newspaper MV Times and a local politician.

“Migrants are being landed at Martha's Vineyard by charter flights from Texas. Many don't know where they are. They say they were told they would be given accommodation and employment. »

— Dylan Fernandes, elected local Democrat

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis, also a candidate for re-election, is seen as a potential rival for former President Donald Trump in the race for the White House in 2024.

In a speech Thursday, the Republican denounced the sham of the Democratic states that advocate welcoming migrants.

“As soon as you bring even a small fraction of what the border towns have to go through every day to their doorstep, they are furious. »

— Ron DeSantis, Republican Governor of Florida

Residents of Martha's Vineyard should be delighted, Christina Pushaw, a member of his team, had quipped on Twitter on Wednesday Communication. Illegal migrants will make the city more diverse, which is a strength. No?

Immigration policy, an explosive subject in the United States, is even more so a few weeks before the high-stakes midterm elections.

Immigration is a favorite theme of Republicans, and moving migrants in spectacular operations offers them an opportunity to put the debate back in the center of the news.

Transporting these migrants to Martha's Vineyard and Washington was a necessity, commented Andy Biggs, Republican Representative from Arizona, a state whose governor also sends migrant buses.

Democratic leaders must come down from their ivory towers and face reality.

Conversely, Democratic Mayor of New York Eric Adams promised Thursday to focus on welcoming and not rejecting migrants.

Exploiting vulnerable people as part of a political coup is appalling and cruel, s& #x27;is for his part indignant Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts, where the island of Martha's Vineyard is located.

Charlie Crist, Democratic opponent of Ron DeSantis in the race for the seat of governor in Florida, denounced a political calculation aimed at serving fresh flesh to his electoral base.

The candidate denounced the price of this operation, claiming that Florida was spending $12 million to send innocent immigrant children away from our state.

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