White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused Republicans — REPUBLICANS — of using migrants as a political tool during Thursday’s briefing.
When asked if the White House would send the National Guard to help with illegal immigrants in Washington D.C., Jean-Pierre said Republicans are “using migrants as a political tool.”
“That is shameful. That is just wrong. There is a process in place for managing migrants at the border. This is not it — what they’re doing currently,” she said.
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She went on to read from Title 42 about what border states should be doing — placing with local NGOs as they await proper placing.
“So the White House’s preference would be for small towns in Texas and Arizona to have to take care of these migrants rather than a large metropolitan city like Washington D.C.,” the reporter followed up.
“That is not what I said,” Jean-Pierre said. “They’re sending migrants to big cities on purpose using them as a political ploy. There is a process. Republicans are using — they’re using migrants, who are coming here for, who knows, because they are dealing with humanitarian issues back in their country. They’re coming here for a better life and they are being used by Republican governors. That is what’s happening.”
She refused to say whether the President may decide to just close the border due to the burden it is putting on big cities and small towns.
“What I am saying is what Republicans are doing is wrong and there is a process in place and we should follow the process,” she said.