Border chief says GOP governors are worsening crisis by 'lying' to migrants
The country’s top border official blamed Republican governors for drawing more migrants to the U.S. by promising them free bus rides north to places like New York and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
EL PASO, Texas — The country’s top border official blamed Republican governors for drawing more migrants to the U.S. by promising them free bus rides north to places like New York, Washington, D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus said in an interview that in some cases, the governors of Texas, Arizona and Florida are “lying” to migrants about what opportunities might await them in those cities and that it is “luring” others to come to the U.S.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also criticized Republican governors for sending migrants to other cities in an interview with José Díaz-Balart on MSNBC.
Migrants line up after having arrived by bus in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday.NBC News“When a governor acts unilaterally and refuses to coordinate with other government officials, that is when problems arise. And that is when we deplore political stuntsmanship when we’re dealing with the lives of vulnerable individuals,” Mayorkas said.
Magnus and Mayorkas spoke from El Paso, where Border Patrol released nearly 1,300 migrants onto the streets from Sept. 7 to Sept. 15 because shelters were too full to take them in. Since Aug. 23, the city's Democratic mayor has bused over 3,400 migrants to cities like Chicago and New York.