Harris accuses Abbott, DeSantis of ‘dereliction of duty’ over migrant transports


Vice President Kamala Harris accused Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) of “dereliction of duty” over their recent transports of migrants to Democrat-run cities.

“I think it’s the height of irresponsibility… frankly, a dereliction of duty, when you’re an elected leader, to play those kinds of games with people’s lives and people,” Harris said in an interview with Vice News. “If you think there is a problem, be part of the solution.”

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While Abbott has transported thousands of migrants to Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago since April, he and DeSantis have recently taken more dramatic steps.

Two buses carrying migrants from Texas arrived at Harris’ home in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Abbott said he sent the buses to Harris’s doorstep in response to a statement she made on “Meet the Press” last Sunday calling the border “secure.”

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DeSantis sent two migrant planes from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, in his first attempt to transport migrants to Democrat-run cities. The Florida governor on Friday promised that this is “just the beginning” of his efforts to relocate migrants.

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While Abbott and DeSantis blamed Biden’s immigration policies for the current problems at the border, Harris instead blamed the Trump administration.

“Under the previous administration, they decimated a system designed to tackle immigration,” Harris told Vice News. “And so we’ve spent an incredible amount of time, work, and resources over the past 18 months reconstructing that system.”



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