(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday of abandoning “children fleeing communism on the side of the street” by sending migrants to Democrat-run cities and “alerting Fox News” instead of “city or state officials” of their plan.
When asked whether the White House ever tried to get in touch with DeSantis or Abbott to try to reach some type of understanding or solution, Jean-Pierre said, “There’s no understanding to be reached. They are using people who are leaving a commun- — communist countries as political stunt, instead of — instead of maybe what they should do is call on their senators in their — in their state.”
“Call on, you know, Senator Marco Rubio. Ask Senator Rick Scott why is it that they did not vote for historic funding when it comes to Department of Homeland Security, making sure that we are dealing with this issue. That’s not what they did. This is, again, a political stunt that they are taking for their own — for their own political narrative. It is not about really dealing with what is happening and coming up with a solution,” she said.
REPORTER: And in terms of — in terms of that and understanding that the White House does not support the use of people as a political stunt — but does the White House support the idea or the concepts of states further from the border accepting some more migrants, kind of sharing some of the burden of state resources being used by increasing number of migrants, whether they be from Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua?
JEAN-PIERRE: So, the way that we see it is alerting Fox News and not city or state officials about a plan to abandon children fleeing communism on the side of the street is not burden sharing. That is not the definition that we see of burden sharing. It is a cruel, premeditated political stunt. That is not what they’re — that is what they are doing.
And so, we’re always — we’re always happy to have conversations about ways to further improve border processing. And we could be doing more if — again, if Republicans in Congress would stop blocking our efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform and also funding — historical funding for DHS.
So, again, this is not what border [burden] sharing looks like. They have used the lives of people who are fleeing persecution from communist countries, using them as a political stunt.
REPORTER: If the governors were more open about and transparent, would that be more acceptable?
JEAN-PIERRE: What we’re saying is the president has put forward — on day one, he put forward a comprehensive immigration reform, ways to deal with what is at stake here days — the ways to deal with a broken immigration system.
He put that forward on day one, and what we’re asking is for Republicans in Congress to help us come up with a solution to look at what this president put forward on day one, and they are not doing that. Instead, they’re doing political stunts.
When asked who the White House received word from about the planes being sent to Wilmington, Del., the press secretary said she didn’t have “the specifics” of “where we got word from.”
“I can tell you that we’ve been closely coordinating with the folks in Delaware, the officials in Delaware. What I can tell you is that our heads-up did not come from Governor DeSantis, because his only goal is, as he’s made it really quite clear, is to create chaos and use immigrants fleeing communism as political pawns. So, it’s about creating political theater for him. It’s not about getting to a solution,” Jean-Pierre said.
“We have a solution in front of us that we are happy to have bipartisanship on, on an issue that has been a broken system when we look at the immigration system, but certainly, we did not get word from Governor DeSantis. Again, this is a political stunt, but we have been in close contact with the — with the Delaware government,” she said.