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    "We are offering solutions. That's what the Biden Harris Administration has been doing since day one, including on the first day, putting forth a comprehensive immigration reform to deal with this issue," Jean-Pierre blurted out. "I don't know what question she's answering," Rubin commented after watching the video clip. "They just answer questions that have nothing to do with nothing. They say words to get to the period in the sentence, so the sentence is over, and they've done nothing but take you on a ride of B.S."Watch the video clip below to hear more from BlazeTV's Dave Rubin. Can't watch? Download the podcast here. Want more from Dave Rubin?To enjoy more honest conversations, free speech, and big ideas with Dave Rubin, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.
    A group of 110 migrants from Central and South America was found inside a tractor-trailer that was headed towards Mexico’s border with the United States. Security forces were discovered Thursday during a checkpoint on Federal Highway 57 in Galeana, a municipality in the northeastern Mexican state of the Nuevo León. Immigration agents and municipal cops instructed the driver to pull over near a toll both to conduct the inspection when they heard voices emanating from the freight container, the National Institute of Migration said in a statement. Footage released by the agency showed the migrants sitting and standing alongside each other inside the cargo box before they were escorted out. Security forces in Mexico found 110 migrants hidden inside a tractor trailer that was stopped Thursday near a toll booth station on a highway in Galeana, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León A total of 96 Guatemalans, seven Ecuadorians, five Salvadorans and two Hondurans were discovered inside a tractor trailer Thursday in Galeana, Mexico RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Sex on the...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a press conference in Miami on September 22. Rebecca Blackwell/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a problem. For weeks the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona have been bussing and flying asylum-seekers to Democratic-run cities in other states, and earning plaudits in right-wing circles for their trolling. DeSantis, who is almost certain to run for president in 2024, has endeared himself to conservative voters by aping not just Donald Trump’s mannerisms but also his stagecraft. Since being elected in 2018, he has rarely missed a chance to perform a political stunt with cameras rolling; last year, he turned a bill-signing for a law rolling back voting rights into a television special. But Florida, which is not on the Mexican border, was only receiving migrants in “onesies twosies,” he told reporters recently. Before DeSantis could ship asylum-seekers across the country, he first had to acquire some. So that’s exactly what DeSantis did. Last Wednesday, he sent two planes to Texas,...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) used $615,000 of Florida taxpayers' money to fly migrants to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, according to a new report. Per The Tallahassee Democrat, the exact amount came to light in a tweet shared by Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who is running against DeSantis in November. The news outlet reports that the payment was sent from the Florida Department of Transportation, \ which now manages a state program allocating approximately $12 million to the relocation of "unauthorized aliens." READ MORE: 'They’re just coming in onesie-twosies': Ron DeSantis says Florida has too few migrants to relocate “Ron won’t answer questions, so we looked ourselves,” Crist tweeted, adding, “So Floridians paid $12,300 for each refugee DeSantis trafficked for his own political purposes.” The governor's office insists it followed protocol according to the state's programs. "Florida’s immigration relocation program aims to interdict human smugglers, traffickers, or other criminal aliens found within the state, as well as prevent illegal aliens at the southern border from entering Florida," spokeswoman Taryn Fenske said in a statement. ...
    (CNN)A Democratic lawmaker in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday evening asking a court to block Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis from transporting more migrants from the southern border, arguing last week's flights to Martha's Vineyard violated state law.State Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Miami Democrat, contends that DeSantis illegally misspent taxpayer dollars by flying migrants from San Antonio to the Massachusetts island. Lawmakers this past year approved $12 million for a program to transport migrants but the state budget specified the money was to relocate "unauthorized aliens from this state." On Wednesday, Pizzo told CNN, "If we are able to get this in front of a man or a woman in a black robe, how the hell is the state going to contend any of these people are from Florida?"In response to the lawsuit, DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske told CNN Thursday, "Senator Pizzo never misses an opportunity for his 15 minutes of fame and is challenging an action on an appropriation he voted for."DeSantis has vowed to transport more migrants from the border, telling reporters on Friday that the flights to Martha's...
    Former President Trump blasted President Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal in a sit-down interview with Fox News as he told told Sean Hannity a story of why the Taliban feared him too much to take over the nation.  'Under my conversations with Abdul, who's the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months, we didn't lose one soldier,' Trump said Thursday night, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban.  Trump then told Hannity he threatened to 'obliterate' Abdul if he did not follow his orders.  'Didn't you at one point tell him, 'I know exactly where you are,' and give him the exact coordinates where he was?' Hannity asked.  'No,' Trump replied. 'I sent him a picture of his house.'  'He said, 'But why but why do you send me a picture of my house?' I said, 'You have to figure that one out.''  'Didn't you at one point tell him, 'I know exactly where you are,' and give him the exact coordinates where he was?' Hannity asked. 'No,' Trump replied. 'I sent him a picture of...
    A top Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official admitted under oath that his agency removed seven times more migrants under President Obama in 2012 than it does under President Biden.  Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Corey Price made the stunning admission during a Sept. 9 deposition as part of a lawsuit by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies.  'Director, ICE currently is removing less aliens from the United States than it has in the last decade, right?' Florida Chief Deputy Attorney General John Guard asked.  'I do not have the last ten years' data available. But it is less than at least the last four years that I have here,' Price replied.  Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Corey Price made the stunning admission during a Sept. 9 deposition as part of a lawsuit by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Migrants from Central and South America wait near the residence of US Vice President Kamala Harris after being dropped off on September 15, 2022 in...
    Kamala Harris slammed Republicans for dragging migrants to locations across the country for the 'sake of a headline' after Governor Greg Abbott dropped two buses off in front of the vice president's residence. Harris was put in charge of the migration crisis by President Joe Biden, but her office quickly branded the role as addressing the root causes why people flee to the U.S. from Northern Triangle countries. A class action lawsuit was opened into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after he flew a plane of 50 migrants to the wealthy island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. 'They're playing games,' Harris told Vice in an interview released Thursday. 'These are political stunts with real human beings who are fleeing harm.' 'I mean, doing it for the sake of a headline, what we're seeing with these governors is irresponsible and it's inhumane,' she added. She also blamed former President Donald Trump and his administration's policies for 'dismantling' the process designed to help people come to the country and claim asylum when fleeing their homes. Vice President Kamala Harris slammed...
    Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is releasing a new strategy ahead of the 2022 midterms in the bid for his party to retake the House with a plan that includes piling forces into the overwhelmed border, combatting 'woke' policies and taking on China.  The GOP's Commitment to America, set to be rolled out during an event led by McCarthy in Pennsylvania on Friday, includes a five-point plan to secure the border, which would fully fund border enforcement and put an end to catch-and-release loopholes. It also places a huge emphasis on reducing spiking crime rates by allocating more resources toward hiring local and state law enforcement and a crack-down on prosecutors who refuse to pursue cases against violent criminals. The strategy, according to Republicans familiar with the project, would establish a select committee solely focused on China and the rising threat from the communist nation. House Republicans also want to implement a 'Parents' Bill of Rights' to give parents more say in their children's public school education.  The minority leader's strategy aims to address all the major issues facing the country...
    About a fifth of the migrants being bussed from El Paso to New York allegedly want to travel to the Big Apple and are not being transported against their will.  Blake Barrow, CEO of the El Paso Rescue Mission charity, said his organization has been overwhelmed by the influx of migrants crossing the border illegally, but the immigrants have been more than happy to take up Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's offer to bus them to New York City.  'About 20% of them want to go to New York,' Barrow wrote in an open letter on Wednesday. 'The city has been chartering busses to New York to assist those desiring that destination.  'I am not aware of anyone being placed on a bus to New York who did not want to go there.'   A group of Venezuelans, who recently crossed to the U.S. from Mexico, walk together after receiving food and other aid from a good Samaritan on September 20, 2022 in El Paso, Texas
    Democrats in Congress are considering opening at least two investigations into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending a migrant flight to Martha's Vineyard as the battle heats up over the transportation of asylum-seekers away from border states to sanctuary states. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson is drafting a letter seeking information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about DeSantis' transportation of migrants by plane, according to a Politico reporter. The Mississippi Democrat also said that another unidentified committee could open a probe into the financing of Desantis' flight to the wealthy island off the coast of Massachusetts. The White House is accusing DeSantis of adding to the 'chaos' in the U.s. immigration system and engaging in a 'political scam' – especially after a media frenzy ensued at a small airport in Delaware on Tuesday, but a plane of migrants never landed. A class action lawsuit was filed against DeSantis in the District of Massachusetts this week over whether the governor lured the migrants to Martha's Vineyard under false pretenses. The lawsuit and potential House probes against the Florida...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points with Republicans after a stunt that sent migrants from Texas to wealthy Martha's Vineyard.  A USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that in a hypothetical 2024 matchup DeSantis led the former president 48-40 percent. That's a reversal from January, when the same poll found Trump leading 47-40 percent.  Florida's prized 30 electoral votes are key for any Republican to make it to the presidency.  'This doesn't necessarily mean DeSantis would lead in any other GOP primary state,' David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today. 'But it is one data point suggesting a shift in preferences from GOP voters away from Trump and toward DeSantis from Republicans who know both potential combatants quite well.' In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the GOP 2024 primary were held today, 19 percent DeSantis.  Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points...
    A Texas sheriff who has launched an investigation into possible human trafficking by the governors of Texas and Florida, after they flew a group of Venezuelan migrants unwittingly to Martha's Vineyard, on Tuesday said the United States should welcome migrants because restaurants needed the staff. On Tuesday, the 50 Venezuelan migrants who were flown to Martha's Vineyard filed a class action suit against Ron DeSantis, Florida's governor, who arranged the flight from Texas - arguing that they 'experienced cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country'. Javier Salazar, a Democrat whose district, Bexar County, includes the city of San Antonio, said the U.S. needed to rethink its attitude towards migrants, and said flying them across the country was not the solution. 'I think at some point you're going to have to embrace the fact that this is happening, to a certain extent,' he told CNN. Speaking hours after new Customs and Border Protection data showed that migrant arrivals had surpassed two million this year for the first time ever, Salazar said they were needed, as workers. He said...
    (CNN)If it were possible to separate out the political gamesmanship, secrecy and apparent false promises, the planeloads of migrants taken from Texas to Massachusetts and paid for by Florida could be viewed as a public service.Instead, the planes are now the subject of a criminal investigation and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the new king of gotcha politics, was chuckling on Fox on Monday night, bragging about sending a message to cities that provide sanctuary to migrants and promising it would pay off for Republicans in November.Too bad everyone can't work together because by all accounts border authorities are overwhelmed and there are people at the border who need somewhere to go.Shocking milestone: 2 million encounters US authorities have recorded more than 2 million encounters with people trying to cross the southern border this fiscal year and more than 203,000 in August alone, new data from US Customs and Border Protection showed. Read CNN's full report. Many encounters -- 22% last month -- are repeat attempts; the 2 million encounters represent fewer than 2 million migrants.Read MoreMany of those encountered at...
    A group of unlawful migrants that Ron DeSantis sent to Martha's Vineyard is suing the Florida governor for allegedly exploiting them.  The plaintiffs allege the governor trapped them in a 'premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme centered on exploiting [the migrants] for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.'  DeSantis arranged for 50 migrants to be flown out to Martha's Vineyard, a wealthy island off Massachusetts last week, in a move that set off a firestorm in the political war over immigration.  A group of unlawful migrants that Ron DeSantis sent to Martha's vineyard are suing the Florida governor for allegedly exploiting them Migrants, who arrived on a flight sent by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, gather with their belongings outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard The plaintiffs, three migrants and one immigration group, said in a court filing the migrants fled crime-riddled Venezuela and upon crossing the border immediately surrendered themselves to immigration authorities. They said they have been authorized to remain in the U.S. until their...
    Jon Stewart took aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) over his plan to “own the libs” by moving immigrants from the “Sunshine State” to Martha’s Vineyard. In a clip uploaded to Stewart’s YouTube page, The Problem with Jon Stewart, he chatted with writers Jay Jurden and Tocarra Mallard about the latest developments with the migrants. “I don’t wanna make this racial again, but the — but the country has a history of putting nonwhite people on vessels and going, ‘Yeah. Yeah. It’ll be fun when you get wherever you’re headed,'” Jurden said poking fun at DeSantis who utilized a charter plane to ship 50 migrants to Massachusetts last week. “Oh my God. Yes. This all started with slave labor. Turn with me to your textbooks,” Mallard added jokingly. “That was not allowed to be taught at my school. So I don’t even know what you’re talking about. If that’s that CRT, I don’t want any part of it,” Stewart joked back. “Well, it’s very obvious at this point that the path to Republican power lies in dickishness,” he added....
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday said Ron DeSantis should come visit Delaware as 'we have a beautiful shoreline' and defended criticism that the southern border has been overwhelmed by migrants under his watch.  The president gave a jovial response when asked about the Florida governor's decision to send migrants to his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach.  'He should come visit. We have a beautiful shoreline,' he offered to DeSantis, a Republican. Biden also defended the record number of migrants entering the United States under his presidency. U.S. authorities made more than 2 million immigration arrests along the southern border in the past 11 months, marking the first time that number has been reached. The president said the heavy influx of immigrants were people escaping authoritarian regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. 'There are fewer and fewer immigrants coming from Central America and from Mexico. It's a totally different circumstance. What's on my watch now is Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, and the ability to send them back to those states is not rational. You could send them back and have them —...
    More than two million migrants have been arrested at the Mexico border in a year for the first time in history. The record, revealed in Customs and Border Patrol records compiled at the border, comes amid a continued flow of migrants in Texas, Arizona, and California. The figures show a spike this spring, with 241,000 law enforcement encounters, with numbers staying above 200,000 each month since even after a drop. The total was 203,000  in August.  The figures cover an 11-month period, so the grand total won't be revealed until after the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30th.  Border agents have had more than 2 million encounters with migrants at the Souther Border during the fiscal year – a new record – with another month of border apprehensions to add to the data The number of arrests spike in the spring, but remained elevated through the summer The migrants came from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua stopped by law enforcement hi 56,000 last month, up from 50,000 in July, and spiking from 23,000 in August, administration officials said. That includes...
    A sheriff in Texas has opened up a criminal investigation into two flights chartered by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) that took dozens of migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard. Last Wednesday, 48 people, mainly from Venezuela, were taken to the island on the planes. They claimed they had been promised jobs in the area. DeSantis has defended the move, while critics have theorized a crime or crimes might have been committed. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a Democrat, told reporters at a press conference Monday his agency is officially opening up an investigation. “We are opening up a case,” Salazar said. “The facts of the case at this point are that on Wednesday, Sept. 14 here in Bexar County in the city of San Antonio, our understanding is that a Venezuelan migrant was paid what we could call a bird dog fee to recruit approximately 50 migrants.” The sheriff said 48 people were “lured” under “false pretenses” onto airplanes to Florida and eventually onto Martha’s Vineyard. “They were promised work, they were promised the solution to several of their...
    Sunken, unfinished graves at a cemetery in Eagle Pass, Texas allegedly hold more than a dozen unidentified migrants who died in the dangerous journey trying to cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S. Maverick County Cemetery has marked the makeshift graves with crosses constructed from PVC pipes and the temporary identification cards at the base of the crosses read 'John Doe'. A TikTok video of the scene with nearly 200,000 views claims that the migrants buried are those who drowned while crossing the Rio Grande River into Texas. People living near the cemetery claim that the burials began in mid-August, and of the more than one dozen bodies buried, at least one was a baby, Eagle Pass' local station KSAT 12 reported. The video's caption claims that the Webb County Medical Examiner's Office is at capacity, and the funeral homes in Maverick County and Eagle Pass Texas are also unable to take any more bodies. A TikTok video shows at least a dozen sunken burial plots where undocumented migrants were buried at graves marked with PVC pipe 'crosses' near the...
    Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar said the Biden administration should be showing videos of planeloads full of people being returned to their own countries in Latin America as a disincentive to cross the border and come to the U.S. In an appearance on CBS 'Face the Nation', Cuellar said the only images people see here are of a crush of migrants trying to enter the country – rather than on million of people being sent back.  He said one of the things the administration is not doing effectively is showing 'eople going and landing in the countries in Honduras and El Salvador to show that there's repercussions.'   'When was the last time you saw – you saw a picture or video of people going back? You only see people coming in. And you've got to have words, along with action to enforce it,' said Cuellar, one of the more conservative Democrats who narrowly survived a primary challenge in June. 'When was the last time you saw -- you saw a picture or video of people going back? You only see people...
    After causing a 'humanitarian crisis' and being shipped from the elite enclave of Martha's Vineyard to Joint Base Cape Cod, the 50 mostly-Venezuelan migrants who made headlines last week after arriving at the Massachusetts island are comfortably bunking dorm-style at the nearby army base. Following the media and community uproar that was the result of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's (R) move to transport 50 illegal migrants from Texas to the coastal vacation destination, Martha's Vineyard and the greater Massachusetts political class has been scrambling to figure out what to do with the migrants. Now the group has been taken to Joint Base Cape Cod, where 125 members of the state's National Guard have been dispatched and the state's Emergency Management Agency has been activated to help the men, women and children who have become national emblems for the illegal immigration issue facing the US. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) said that his 'administration has been working across state government to develop a plan to ensure these individuals will have access to the services they need going forward, and Joint Base Cape Cod...
    New York City's Mayor has said that migrants arriving in his city from Texas could be housed on cruise ships as he considers taking legal action against Governor Abbott amid the country's spiraling migrant issue.  Eric Adams revealed that his team could lodge a lawsuit against the Lone Star State's Governor as immigrants in their thousands continue to be shipped across the country - in many cases, without prior warning.  Republican governors have now upped the escalating immigration war again in Democrat-run areas by threatening to fly illegal migrants to President Biden’s home state of Delaware.  Busses and planes full of illegal immigrants have so far arrived in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Massachusetts from the southern borders.   During a series of scathing interviews, Adams said that the dire humanitarian crisis being faced was to some extent caused by 'the governors in the southern states.'  At least six busses of asylum seekers arrived in New York from Texas on Sunday - while shelters in the city reached 'breaking point.' In total, over 11,000 migrants have arrived in the city since...
    Attorneys who are representing the 30 of the 48 Venezuelan asylum-seekers who were flown from Texas to Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts are looking to open a criminal investigation, claiming the victims were 'induced to board airplanes and cross state lines under false pretenses'. Boston-based group Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) who are representing the asylum-seekers pro-bono say the group, which includes women and toddlers, were duped in a coordinated political stunt that targeted vulnerable people based on their race and country of origin.  'Individuals, working in concert with state officials, including the Florida governor, made numerous false promises [to the migrants] – including of work opportunities, schooling for their children, and immigration assistance – in order to induce them to travel,' the lawyers state. The lawyers are now urging US attorney Rachael Rollins and the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, to open up criminal investigations into those who behind the transportation of the group.  'We strongly believe that criminal laws were broken by the perpetrators of this stunt,' LCR wrote in a letter. Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker made the decision to move the illegal immigrants just 48 hours...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday once again rejected Texas Governor Greg Abbott's invitation to visit the southern border in-person. The ex-cop and Democratic official told ABC News' This Week that he did not need to physically be on the US-Mexico border to know there was a crisis, and slammed Abbott's program of busing asylum-seekers to New York and other sanctuary cities as a 'political ploy.' Adams also blamed the Texas Republican for the current migrant crisis - despite the hundreds of thousands of people who have been pouring over the border since President Joe Biden took office. He accused Abbott of willfully rejecting an offer to cooperate, claiming his office reached out once they caught word of the initial buses.  'We don't have to stand up on the border to state that the crisis he created is a real crisis,' the mayor said. 'It is time for him to be the chief executive that he is and coordinate with every city and every state the buses pass through so we can properly coordinate as leaders of these...
    El Paso's Democratic mayor said Sunday that he is only busing migrants to New York City to help them get to their final destination as critics pointed out the hypocrisy in the left condemning Republicans for doing the same thing. Mayor Oscar Leeser said migrants aren't coming to the U.S. just to land in his border city, but instead are looking to go to other places in the country – potentially where they have family or other sponsors. 'The people are not coming to El Paso,' Leeser said. 'They're coming to America.' He said that authorities in El Paso speak to migrants and ask them where they want to go before 'we will take them and help them get to their destination.' 'That's been really important that we don't send anyone where they don't want to go,' he added in an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday morning. 'We make sure we help them.' 'We put them on buses with food and make sure they get to their destination and make sure that we always continue to greet and...
    Republican lawmakers and officials are accusing Democrats of hypocrisy after the left heaped criticism on the governors of Texas and Florida for sending migrants to liberal strongholds - despite doing the very same thing themselves. Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida compared the outrage at Texas and Florida to the relatively muted response to 'ghost flights' of mostly underage migrants sent by the Biden administration in the middle of the night. 'Those are Biden administration/taxpayer-funded contracts with a number of NGOs that are flying these people in the dead of night to all of these same locations, then it's fine,' Waltz told Fox News late last week. 'But if you have [Florida] Governor DeSantis or [Texas] Governor Abbott or [Arizona] Governor Ducey doing it in the middle of the day when everyone can see it, then suddenly we're up in arms and having a collective political meltdown.' It comes after the Biden administration resumed charter flights in April of underaged migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to Westchester, New York. While these flights operated during the day as well, the amount that...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has challenged Ron DeSantis to a debate over his decision to send 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard as the Florida governor doubles down on sending more migrants to Democratic 'sanctuary cities.'  Earlier this week, DeSantis mimicked his Texas and Arizona counterparts in sending over groups of migrants to Democrat-led cities up north in protest of the Biden Administration's border policies.  Newsom and other Democratic leaders have slammed the move as playing with people's lives, with the California governor challenging DeSantis to a debate ahead of the midterm elections.  'Hey @GovRonDeSantis, clearly you're struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people's lives,' Newsom tweeted on Friday.  'Since you have only one overriding need - attention - let's take this up & debate,' Newsom said in response to a tweet from Dan Rather asking CNN to set up a debate between the two governors.    'I'll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray,' he added, referring to DeSantis' quip earlier that day that Newsom's 'hair gel is interfering with his brain function' when the California governor criticized...
    CNN anchor Jim Acosta told Republican CNN analyst Alice Stewart that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is “not owning the libs,” he’s “hurting the kids” with his Martha’s Vineyard stunt. On Saturday afternoon’s edition of CNN Newsroom With Jim Acosta, Acosta was joined by Stewart and Democratic CNN analyst Maria Cardona to discuss DeSantis flying desperate migrants to the Massachusetts town, as well as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott‘s similar stunt with buses to VP Kamala Harris‘s residence. Cardona pointed out that these migrants have the legal right to seek asylum, while Stewart tried to compare DeSantis’s actions with the Biden administration’s process. That’s when Acosta objected: MARIA CARDONA: These are the most vulnerable people that exist in our society. They are not here illegally, by the way. We have a law in this country that says if you are afraid for your life, you can come into this country and they are coming through legal ports of entry. They are not sneaking in. They are presenting themselves to Border Patrol, as is the process under the law, and they are seeking asylum....
    Despite the White House fury that GOP governors face for sending migrants to sanctuary cities, El Paso's Democrat-led city government has been doing the same for weeks -- and is asking for the Biden administration to pay for it. Led by Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, the Texas border city has dispatched at least 28 charter buses filled with migrants to New York City since August 23, at a cost of more than $600,000, KFOX-TV reported this week.  City officials say that they expect the buses to be paid for by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of a quarterly reimbursement process covering emergency food and shelter for migrants. The buses arranged by El Paso have escaped the intense criticism heaped on GOP Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida, whom the White House accused of treating migrants as 'chattel' and 'political pawns.' GOP officials say they're keen to give liberal sanctuary cities an insight into the strain uncontrolled illegal immigration is bringing to border communities.   Conservatives were quick to point out the apparent double standard, with radio host...
    (CNN)America got a preview this week of what the 2024 presidential campaign might look like if President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump stepped aside to clear the way for the next generation's possible candidates in waiting: Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gavin Newsom of California. DeSantis and Newsom, a Republican and a Democrat who are each running for reelection this fall, have been shadowboxing with ferocity on the sidelines since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic -- demonstrating their shrewd political instincts, a voracious appetite for attention and the ability to fire up their parties' bases better than many of their peers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who is also defending his seat in November, has often been in the mix too. All three governors attempted to drive the national narrative this week with dueling political stunts, flexing their power through made-to-go-viral maneuvers that would have been unthinkable in the more staid age of campaign politics that preceded the Trump years. The political numbers that explain the Abbott and DeSantis migrant decisionsDeSantis and Abbott forced...
    Senator Ted Cruz branded Joe Biden 'the biggest human trafficker on the face of the planet' as the war over GOP governors moving illegal immigrants to liberal cities and areas escalates.  During an appearance on Fox’s Hannity Friday night, the GOP lawmaker said: 'The Democrats did not think it was a humanitarian crisis when we pulled over 50 bodies and body bags out of a truck in Texas of illegal immigrants who died because the smugglers let them die of heat exposure. ‘And yet suddenly, 50 illegal immigrants show up in lily white Martha's Vineyard, where rich liberals and billionaires sip Chardonnay. And it is World War III.' Cruz continued: ‘Right now, the biggest human trafficker on the face of the planet is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. ‘He has transported hundreds of thousands, millions of illegal aliens populating them now, putting many of them in Red states.'  DeSantis flew in 50 immigrants from Venezuela on Wednesday, sparking a widespread cry of outrage from the liberal leaders of the small and in Massachusetts. Democrats have accused GOP leaders DeSantis and Texas Gov...
    Tucker Carlson on Friday night mocked the residents of Martha's Vineyard for their response to the arrival of 50 Venezuelan migrants, and pointed out that the $43,000 raised in a GoFundMe was not even going directly to those affected. The migrants were flown to the holiday island from Texas on Wednesday, on flights chartered by Florida's governor Ron DeSantis. On Friday morning, the 50 left Martha's Vineyard, bound for a Cape Cod air base which was better equipped to house them. Carlson laughed at the residents for what he saw as hysteria over the newcomers, and laughed at their efforts to help. 'It's one of the richest places in the United States and it has more available beds than any other place probably in North America right now, but it's just they can't swing it - but you can do your part by donating to the fund, and by donating the fund, they'll help the migrants,' Carlson said.  'Well, a lot of people believed it. The fund raised $40,000 - but here's the best part. You're going to love this...
    A group of migrants arrived at the Cape Cod military base on Thursday after being shipped from Martha's Vineyard  where the wealthy liberal city had declared an emergency over the immigrants.   One of the 50 Venezuelans whisked from Martha’s Vineyard to the Joint Base Cape Cod has been filmed expressing delight at eating his local food ‘for the first time in three months’. The unidentified young man, dressed in a gray top and green jacket looked overjoyed, just hours after arriving at the key military establishment. He spoke after a local Venezuelan restaurant delivered traditional fare of arepas, black beans, rice and plantain to the migrants. In the video obtained by DailyMail.com, he said: ‘We have had three months without Venezuelan food. This is like a blessing. Thank you.’ Other young men around him broke out into a chorus of ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’. The moment of respite comes after a tumultuous week for the migrants, who were shipped to Massachusetts from Florida as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis' protest of US border policies.  Upon arriving at the...
    Anything else? The plan as described by NBC News appears to be the same plan the news outlet first disclosed in June. At the time, DHS officials referred to the plan as the "Abbott plan," according to NBC, a reference to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's campaign to bus migrants to sanctuary cities.
    After the shock arrival of 50 Venezuelan men, women and children on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday, Democrats nationwide have called on the Biden administration to investigate the stunt as potential human trafficking—a comparison that even the White House has embraced. “This maneuver raises serious legal questions and will have untold repercussions on the individuals caught up in the governor’s political stunt,” said Florida agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried, who accused Gov. Ron DeSantis of “political human trafficking by sending a flight of dozens of asylum seekers to an island five miles from the mainland. “An investigation is necessary.” “Shipping vulnerable migrants across the country is not a campaign tactic. It is human trafficking,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI). “It is the abuse of dozens of human beings and a celebration of that abuse for political gain.” The Biden administration, which has a near-blanket policy of not discussing potential investigations by the Department of Justice, initially punted on the question of whether President Joe Biden views the transports as legal, instead focusing on the use of undocumented...
    More than two million undocumented immigrants will be arrested trying to cross into the U.S. in 2022. And Democrats don't bat an eye. But fly 50 migrants to one of the wealthiest places in America, spotted with multi-million dollar mansions, surrounded by the mega-yachts of the rich and famous and Democrats lose their minds? What a joke! I am a Democrat and the former Majority Leader of the California State Senate. The first woman to ever hold that position. I am also a proud Latina. I am telling you that if the Democratic party thinks that Latinos are outraged by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard – they are dead wrong! On Friday, the governor of Massachusetts dispatched the National Guard to whisk away these 50 migrants to a military base in Cape Cod that once housed hurricane disaster victims. But what about the hundreds of migrants sleeping on the street of El Paso, Texas? Or the countless other migrants, sleeping outside in cities and towns across the U.S./Mexico border? This Democratic stronghold - where the Obamas...
    New York City officials are going to fly out migrants to Florida after claiming many of them did not want to come to the Big Apple. The Commissioner of Immigration Affairs for the city says that a lot of the migrants being bussed from Texas by Gov Greg Abbott are coming from Venezuela. Manuel Castro claims that the majority of illegal immigrants that have arrived to New York want to go to Florida because of their large community of Venezuelans. His comments come just days after Mayor Eric Adams was seen with celebrities during New York Fashion Week, shortly after telling reporters that the cities shelters were at ‘breaking point’. Adams was snapped partying at the exclusive members-only club Aman New York in the Crown Building last night.  Castro told Fox News: ‘Many want to go to places like Florida where the largest community of Venezuelans live. ‘We're helping them get to their actual final destination. We're doing our best. All states and all cities have a role to play here, not just New York and Chicago and other places.’...
    ‘The Breakfast Club’ has chosen Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as the ‘Donkey of the Day’ for his movement of migrants from “The Sunshine State” to Martha’s Vineyard. On Wednesday, DeSantis moved more than 50 migrants by chartered plane to Martha’s Vineyard, which sent the island and the media into a frenzy. On Thursday’s episode of The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne tha God branded DeSantis the ‘Donkey of the Day’ for not notifying the island beforehand. “Basically what Ron DeSantis is saying is ‘I don’t want them in my party. I told y’all I don’t want them in my party. But if you insist, when they get here, they’re your responsibility now, being that these states are sanctuary cities and being at these states are sanctuary cities. That shouldn’t be a problem,'” Charlamagne said. “The only reason I’m giving Ron DeSantis ‘Donkey of the Day’ is because he should have gave Maratha’s Vineyards, advance notice. Okay? All of these governors from Texas, Florida, Arizona, don’t just put these humans on buses and planes and ship them to sanctuary cities....
    (CNN)The roughly 50 migrants who were sent by plane to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts by Florida's governor this week will be transported to a military base Friday to receive shelter and humanitarian support. Donations poured in and volunteers who rushed to help: Heres how Marthas Vineyard communities responded to the arrival of migrants The migrants will be sent voluntarily to Joint Base Cape Cod, said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who added he's activating up to 125 National Guard members to assist the relief effort.Baker lauded a temporary shelter that the Martha's Vineyard community set up for the migrants in "a moment of urgent need." "We are grateful to the providers, volunteers and local officials that stepped up on Martha's Vineyard over the past few days to provide immediate services to these individuals," Baker said.This is a developing story and will be updated.
    Democratic leaders and lawmakers are not pleased with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) alleged deception of approximately 50 migrants. According to HuffPost, the Republican governor is said to have deceived the migrants by putting them on a plane that they didn't know would arrive at Martha's Vineyard. The latest debacle began on Wednesday, September 14 when DeSantis "took credit for sending two planes packed with migrants from Venezuela and Colombia to the Massachusetts island." The news outlet also reported: "He and other Republican governors hope to use the relocation of migrants out of their states as a way to drum up attention to the White House’s immigration policies." READ MORE: Ron DeSantis' 'reckless decision' to bus migrants to Martha's Vineyard may be 'kidnapping': legal experts The flights, which were said to be funded by a state program, "started in San Antonio and made stops in Florida and the Carolinas before arriving in Martha’s Vineyard," the outlet reported. However, the migrants shared a different perspective on the situation. The news outlet notes that "the migrants told the radio network...
    Fox News commentators Tucker Carlson and Jesse Watters hit back against woke documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for his tone deaf comparison between sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard and the Holocaust. Burns, who was making the talk show rounds to tout his three-part series exploring the U.S. action and inaction during the Nazi atrocities during World War II, couldn't help but see the correlation between the genocide and a political maneuver by Governor Ron DeSantis. The Florida Republican made headlines on Thursday morning after sending a plane of migrants to the tony vacation spot off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a regular vacation spot of the Kennedys. On CNN on Thursday, host John Berman asked Burns to draw parallels between Nazi death camps and the preppy vacation island.  Fox News host facetiously called Martha's Vineyard a 'death camp' but suggested that the migrants who landed there are better off than they were in El Paso Ken Burns, who has a new documentary out about the Holocaust, said that sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard was a move 'straight out of the authoritarian playbook' Members...
    Martha's Vineyard authorities have described the arrival of 50 migrants on their affluent island as a 'humanitarian crisis' - despite the median household income being significantly higher than the national average. The declaration came as a lawmaker who previously said that he would 'love' to see the wealthy area turn into a 'haven' for immigrants slammed Governor Ron DeSantis for flying in 50 migrants. 'To our Island community, here is an update on current humanitarian crisis on Martha's Vineyard,' the official account of the tourist board tweeted on Thursday. 'We thank people for their continued help.'  The community issued a statement, saying that they were working on a 'coordinated regional response', and two emergency shelters had been created. 'All activated local Emergency Management will remain in effect as we learn more and anticipate our State partners coordinated response.'  The exclusive enclave is where Barack and Michelle Obama bought their $12 million vacation home in 2019, and where he celebrated his 60th birthday last year. In 2017, John Kerry bought a historic waterfront property in Chilmark for $11.75 million.  Celebrity visitors...
    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Keith Chatinover a county commissioner for Dukes County, Massachusetts was called out by name in a tweet from Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday, accusing him of flip-flopping on designating Martha’s Vineyard a haven for migrants coming to the United States. Chatinover has gone toe-to-toe with Cruz before when, in October 2021, the Senator proposed a bill to build 13 ports for immigrants to enter the U.S. through including one in Martha’s Vineyard. At the time, Chatinover told the The Martha’s Vineyard Times: “I would love Martha’s Vineyard to become a haven for new immigrants to this country, but Senator Cruz has no idea what he’s talking about regarding a ‘border crisis. Immigrants make our country stronger (as evidenced by immigration from Brazil and other countries to the Vineyard), and he is trying to whip up racial anxieties for political gain, which is essentially the entire GOP platform anyhow.” Wednesday, as 50 migrants landed in a chartered plane from Florida, sent by Governor Ron DeSantis, Cruz took time to call out Chatinover, as...
    California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate “possible criminal or civil violations of federal law,” including possible “kidnapping” or “RICO” charges after Florida and Texas shipped thousands of undocumented immigrants across state lines to states including Massachusetts, New York, and to Washington, D.C. “Like millions of Americans, I have been horrified at the images of migrants being shipped on buses and planes across the country to be used as political props,” Newsom’s letter begins. “Clearly, transporting families, including children, across state lines under false pretenses is morally reprehensible, but it may also be illegal.” “Several of the individuals who were transported to Martha’s Vineyard have alleged that a recruiter induced them to accept the offer of travel based on false representations that they would be transported to Boston and would receive expedited access to work authorization. The interstate travel at issue provides a basis for federal jurisdiction over this matter.” READ MORE: Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes Planes of Migrant Families Sent ‘Like Cargo’ by DeSantis: ‘We’re Going to Take Care of You’ Florida GOP Governor...
    (CNN)Republican governors are in a cynical competition to outdo each other and send migrants from the US border by bus to New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and, now, by plane to Martha's Vineyard.Two unannounced planes carrying an estimated 50 migrants landed in the wealthy seaside enclave of Massachusetts on Wednesday night, surprising locals. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed credit for the stunt, which took the migrants from Texas, not Florida, and left them without planning on the street.His stunt may have been outdone by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who started sending buses of migrants to Washington, DC, back in April and on Thursday morning, left asylum-seekers outside Vice President Kamala Harris' house at the US Naval Observatory. She's under intense criticism from immigration hawks for saying on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that she was confident the border is "secure."Many rightly pointed out that the political point came at the expense of vulnerable migrants who had already been through a tremendously arduous journey -- but some of the details of the transport may surprise you. For starters, many of...
    The White House hit back at Republican governors who are sending migrants to Washington, calling their actions 'cruel' and 'inhumane,' on Thursday after dozens were dumped outside the vice president's official residence. Instead, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre shrugged off questions about whether the border was secure to blame the Trump administration for a broken system. It comes as Republicans step up their attacks on the Biden administration for border security as they try to make immigration the theme of November's midterm elections.  'What I can tell you is the record and the process that we have been using to make sure that we do our best to secure the border,' Jean-Pierre said from the podium. 'We do our best to make sure that we fix a broken system that was left behind by the last administration.' She suggested a lengthy but uncertain timeline for fixing a system that she said was in 'fundamental' disrepair.  'We understand it's not like flipping a light switch. This does not happen overnight,' the Biden official said.  'This is an immigration system that is fundamentally...
    If Vice President Kamala Harris really thinks that the U.S. border is secure, then she should speak to the man standing at the end of her driveway. 'The border is open,' an illegal migrant standing near the vice president's residency told Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins. 'It's open because we enter, we come in free, no problem.' That man and at least other 100 migrants were bused from Eagle Pass, Texas and dropped off near the Naval Observatory in Washington DC on Thursday morning. A similar scene played out in the bougie elite enclave of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Two planeloads of migrants arrived unannounced at the tiny island's tiny airport, where the residents are more accustomed to welcoming the Obamas or Oprah than desperate people from Venezuela. The pictures and video were striking: a woman wrapped in a silver emergency blanket, men carrying all their earthly belongings in tattered bags on their backs. They stood on the manicured lawns of D.C.'s Embassy Row and The Vineyard looking lost – and I'm sure that's how they felt. Yes, it is a...
    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said, "It's outrageous. They lure people, like human traffickers ... onto buses and unknowing where they're going to. They supposedly are the advocates for human life. They have no concern for the lives of these people." Leftist writer Seth Abramson blustered about DeSantis, "ATTENTION FBI: INVESTIGATE THIS MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING" MSNBC host Chris Hayes lamented, "Deeply deeply sick and dehumanizing to fling human beings somewhere vindictively." Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said, "Exploiting vulnerable people for political stunts is repulsive and cruel. Massachusetts is fully capable of handling asylum seekers, and I'll keep working with local, state, and federal partners to ensure we have the necessary resources to care for people with dignity." Former CNN correspondent Jacki Schechner said, "The Nazis had a relocation program. DeSantis' communications director actually uses the words 'the state’s relocation program' in this article." Rolling Stone reporter Asawin Suebsaeng wrote on Twitter, "The hurling migrants at liberal cities and towns thing is narrowly funny in a meta way only because it’s premised on the assumption that everyone is as xenophobic and...