The political tactic is being more and more deployed by Republican governors with excessive influxes of undocumented immigrants to attract consideration to what they contemplate failed immigration insurance policies from the Biden administration. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday sent two planeloads of migrants to the island of Martha’s Winery in Massachusetts.

Jean-Pierre didn’t maintain again in railing in opposition to the technique on Thursday, calling it a “merciless, premeditated political stunt.” She mentioned that if the governors “actually care about border safety,” they might have inspired Republican senators from their states — together with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida — to vote to approve President Joe Biden’s request for Division of Homeland Safety funding.

The press secretary additionally bristled at the truth that Fox Information was alerted in regards to the plan to drop the migrants outdoors of Harris’ residence earlier than DHS or native authorities businesses turned conscious.

“The truth that Fox Information and never the Division of Homeland Safety, the town or native NGOs had been alerted a couple of plan to go away migrants, together with youngsters, on the facet of a busy D.C. road makes clear that that is only a merciless premeditated political stunt,” she mentioned.

On whether or not the Biden administration will take authorized motion in opposition to the governors for the tactic, Jean-Pierre deferred to the Justice Division. She reiterated there’s a course of to taking in migrants that Republican governors are disrespecting, and mentioned it’s “deeply alarming” that migrants had been misled about the place they had been being taken.

“It’s actually simply disrespectful to humanity,” she mentioned. “It doesn’t afford them any dignity what they’re doing, while you’re abandoning households and kids in a spot the place they had been instructed they had been going to get housing and a spot the place they had been instructed they had been going to get jobs. … It’s simply merciless.”

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