Flights Are Until We Fix ‘Crisis’ with Immigration System, Doesn’t Deny DHS Pitched Flying Migrants to L.A., Northern Border

Speaking on MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Tonight, which aired Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not deny NBC’s reporting that DHS had made proposals to the White House to ban migrants to the US-Canada border and sending to cities like Los Angeles and Los Angeles responded to a question about how that differs from Govs. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) transport migrants, saying the White House wants to fix the immigration system and the White House transports are makeshift until they fix the “crisis” in the immigration system.

After Jean-Pierre said President Biden didn’t reach out to governors. Abbott or DeSantis on their migrant transports and there’s no point, but Biden is willing to support immigration reform, host Alex Wagner said: “Yes, I mean, I think – and I understand that. I mean, that’s clearly political shenanigans, if you will. And it’s not up to the person not playing this game to call them. It’s just that Joe Biden is the kind of president that you would think — I mean, this is the kind of president that he put himself forward as a candidate, who could say, skip it. Whether that would make a difference to Governor Abbott and Ron DeSantis is an open question. Maybe not. But in relation to the border crisis, something that needs to be addressed head-on, I want to talk about where the White House is in terms of solutions. We have some reports from NBC that DHS officials have presented the White House with some options, including flying migrants in to the country’s northern border with Canada to reduce congestion at the US-Mexico border. Under a plan proposed by DHS, migrants would be sent to cities like Los Angeles, where shelters would receive advance warning to give them time to prepare for the influx. Well, I know some people will say, putting migrants on planes, wait, wait, wait, alarm bells. Tell me how this is significantly different from what DeSantis and Abbott are doing.”

Jean-Pierre replied: “So let me just say a few things about what’s happening at the border. DHS has issued a report outlining what kind of migration situation we are dealing with, which is very new. I mentioned Venezuela, I mentioned Nicaragua, I mentioned Cuba. We’ve seen an increase of about 121% from – since last year what’s going on with these countries fleeing Communism. So that’s increased. And if you look at North Central America, we’ve seen a drop of about 43% in the last three months. So we’re in a different kind of migration component right now. And that’s how we have to deal with where we are. So we’ve worked that through so there’s Title 42, a court-ordered process that we have to go through. It’s a CDC health agency. It’s not an immigration office. And so people are automatically expelled. And for those who aren’t, they go through a trial. And what we’ve been able to do right now in the last 19 months, over the past year, is that we’ve seen a very large increase, a historic increase, in the number of people that we have been able to expel from the country. So that’s something we could do. Look, the system is broken. And we know that. It was decimated by the last government. And what we’re trying to do is fix something that has seen decades and decades of decay when you look at the system. So what we’re asking is that we’re asking to actually fix it in a way that’s transformative. And to do that, Congress is really taking action, and we’re asking Republicans, hey, instead of playing political games, why don’t you try with us to solve a real problem that’s happening on the border?”

Wagner then asked, “So, these measures, Title 42, a holdover from the Trump era, flying migrants to other cities, do you see that as a stopgap measure?”

Jean-Pierre replied: “Yes. Because we need to fix what’s actually broken, right? And if we don’t, then we’re not really addressing an issue that affects us all. Lo and behold, the border is not open. We’re doing everything we can to make sure we address this issue. It’s a crisis that’s been decimated, right? The system was decimated by the last government and that’s why we’re going to do everything we can. But again, these political games, we will call them out. They are truly inhuman and inappropriate.”

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