During a press briefing, Jean-Pierre voiced her strong objection to the practice, citing its undue burden on states and cities beyond the southern border. This triggered a tidal wave of criticism on social media platforms, amplifying an already contentious debate.
Over the last year, numerous state governors have made headlines by arranging for migrants from America's southern border to be transported to traditionally liberal regions, including Chicago, New York City, and Martha’s Vineyard. This act of mass transportation, some argue, is nothing more than a political stunt, albeit one that has had an undeniable impact. It has strained local resources, eliciting complaints from liberal mayors about the growing migrant presence in their cities.
Press Secretary Jean-Pierre's statements during Monday's press briefing seemed to underscore the concerns of these blue-state leaders. In a twist of irony, her acknowledgment that unregulated immigration can strain local communities brought a chorus of conservative laughter.
Jean-Pierre forcefully expressed her stand, stating, "I’ve said it many times from here repeatedly from this podium that bussing or flying migrants around the country without any coordination with the federal government - we’ve talked about this, state or local officials as well - is dangerous and unacceptable." She punctuated her remarks with a solemn warning, "We will continue to be very, very clear about that. It is dangerous and unacceptable, because you’re putting people’s lives at risk."
Moreover, she pointed out another potential fallout from this practice. "It’s dangerous and unacceptable because you’re actually putting a lot of pressure on these states and local areas." This admission, however, was met with derision by many.
Conservative commentator Guy Benson retorted sarcastically, "Oh, no way?" while Jake Schneider of RNC Research took to Twitter, remarking, "The irony here is rich."
George Landfrith, the President of Frontiers of Freedom, lambasted Jean-Pierre's statement as ludicrous, commenting, "It takes a special kind of stupid to say something this self, evidently absurd - as if having 6 million illegal migrants in a few states along the border doesn’t put a lot of pressure and stress upon those states and local areas."
Daniel Garza, President of the Libre Initiative, accused the Biden Administration of neglecting border cities and states, saying, "This Administration has no regard for border cities, border states- even though we suffer a vastly disproportionate share of the burden resulting from their failed policies."
Republican Representative Mike Ezell, from Mississippi, used an amusing string of cricket emojis to contrast the Administration's silence on the sudden influx of migrants to El Paso with its vocal objection to the smaller number of migrants sent to California.
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration has reportedly facilitated the transportation of migrants to New York, a state already grappling with the challenges of mass immigration, despite its considerable distance from America's southern border. The New York Post first brought attention to these operations in October and reported last Friday that they had resumed as the influx of illegal immigrants continued unabated.
In related developments, NYC Mayor Eric Adams initiated a plan in May to move several hundred undocumented migrants to hotels in Orange and Rockland Counties, New York. This move bypassed a sanctuary county and took migrants to areas that have staunchly opposed the plan.
To conclude, this contentious issue has culminated in legal action. A small town in New York has decided to sue New York City and Albany after migrants were brought to their area without any prior consultation or approval from local officials. The town supervisor, Peter Crummey, appeared on "Fox & Friends First," criticizing the city for overstepping its jurisdiction by sending migrants to their town.
The prevailing sentiment among critics was one of hypocrisy and mismanagement. Ben Petersen, a National Republican Congressional Committee operative, briefly summarized what he saw as the Democrats' stance, stating, "If you live in a border town, tough luck."
Andrew Wagner, executive director of the Minnesota House GOP, branded the Administration's stance as "weapons-grade hypocrisy & stupidity," arguing that it disregarded the fallout of their de facto open border policies.
Similarly, Peter Towey, an employee at Targeted Victory, questioned the thought process behind the Administration's stance. He asked, "Do you think they sat in a room, discussed this answer, and all nodded that it was the correct answer, or is she this bad at her job?"
This wave of criticism came as the Biden Administration has been implicated in migrant transportation to New York, a state already grappling with the impacts of mass immigration. According to the New York Post, the Administration had facilitated the transport of migrants to New York, a situation highlighted in October and reported to have resumed recently as the flow of illegal immigrants into the country shows no sign of slowing down.
Meanwhile, Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City, initiated a plan in May to bus several hundred undocumented migrants to hotels in Orange and Rockland Counties, New York, circumventing a sanctuary county and moving asylum seekers to regions vehemently opposed to such actions.