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

by | Sep 18, 2022 | Politics

Democratic leaders in New 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 without warning to local officials.“It is pathetic that these governors are taking advantage of these helpless people, making promises to them to get on the bus and life is just gonna be fine,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” AdvertisementWATCH: Majority Whip @SenatorDurbin (D-Ill.) criticizes governors like Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) for using migrants for “political purposes.””It is pathetic that these governors are taking advantage of these helpless people. … It’s always the kids that end up being the victims.” pic.twitter.com/SI9UcOQ1Fs— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 18, 2022

More 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 more than 8,000 migrants since April, and New York City has received more 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. Some of the passengers said they were misled about where they were being taken and the job opportunities they would 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.Chicago Tribune via Getty ImagesAdvertisementNew York Mayor Eric Adams (D) told MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” that his city has a “moral and legal obligation” to provide 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 New York City unexpectedly received at least six more buses of people Saturday night. Adams called Abbott’s actions “inhumane” and “anti-American.”“In some cases, we had those who 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 would tag an animal.”Fox News reported that two more buses arrived in New York City from Texas around 7 a.m. Sunday and that more buses are expected to arrive later in the day.Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar (D), …

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