White House Calls Texas' and Arizona's Decision to Bus Migrants to East Coast 'Shameful'

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Bowser mentioned Sunday on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” that her city is being overwhelmed by migrants being bussed to her city and called on the federal government to provide more resources to accommodate that, as RedState’s Nick Arama reported.


“This is a very significant issue. We have called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses. We think they’re largely asylum-seekers or going to final destinations that are not Washington, D.C.,” Bowser told CBS News.

“But I fear that they’re being tricked into nationwide bus trips when their final destinations are places all over the United States,” she added.

The subject came about once again on Tuesday, as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre snubbed border communities when asked about migrants being bussed to New York and Washington, D.C., from Texas and Arizona.

At Tuesday’s press conference, ABC News White House correspondent Karen Travers asked Jean-Pierre:

The mayors of New York City and D.C. are calling for more federal resources to assist with asylum seekers who are being bussed to those cities from Texas and Arizona. They’ve had thousands of people arriving over the past couple of week.

Mayor Bowser here in DC said that these people are being “tricked.” What federal resources is the White House preparing, if any, to deliver to these cities and other cities that are now dealing with an increase in asylum seekers?

Jean-Pierre then redirected the reporter to Federal Emergency Management Agency and said that the White House has been in touch with both mayors’ offices.

But Travers’ follow-up is where her reply raises eyebrows.

“Has the White House reached out to the governors of these states and said, ‘Don’t send these people to these cities on the East Coast?'”


The press secretary said that they have not directly addressed the strategy with the governors recently, but once Travers asked if the administration had a message for them, Jean-Pierre said that she thinks it’s “shameful that some governors are using migrants as a political tool.”

Texas and Arizona, which are dealing with the bulk of the ongoing border crisis, decided to transport certain migrants to the cities in order to relieve some of the burdens on their own resources while starting a nationwide conversation on the issue of border security.

For starters, the top priority should be giving resources to border communities that have been overwhelmed by the influx of people for several months. There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border, so it’s not the worst idea to send asylum seekers to two of the largest cities in the nation to start their future in the United States. While people are entitled to their own opinions about the intentions behind bussing migrants, it’s out of touch for anybody to suggest that these East Coast cities have an urgent need for federal resources when compared to the Southwest.

In addition, it’s rather concerning that when the U.S. is supposed to be welcoming asylum seekers with open arms that the White House is acting rather cold toward them. Although Jean-Pierre did mention that the government should be doing “everything [they] can” to “help” those wishing to be granted asylum, they’re already showing them a lack of compassion by having a disorganized mess at the border.


The aforementioned Bowser should get the ball rolling on getting Democrats nationwide on the importance of border security and making the immigration process more clear-cut, so it’s more than just Republicans and a small handful of Southwestern Democrats like Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema raising awareness.

Texas and Arizona matter just as much as New York and Washington.

UPDATE: In response to a request for comment by RedState, Gov. Ducey’s office tweeted:

Here’s what’s shameful: Governors across the country have been calling on the Biden admin to take action and address the border crisis.

The response: crickets. Yet somehow, big city mayors have immediately caught the White House’s attention.


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