'Border czar' Kamala Harris slams Republicans for dropping migrants at her door and blames TRUMP for the record-breaking crisis: VP says GOP are 'playing games' with 'inhumane' buses and flights - and Donald 'decimated' immigration
- Vice President Kamala Harris slammed Republicans for 'playing games' with human lives for busing and flying migrants across the country
- Said in a Vice interview Republicans governors are making migrants part of a political stunt for the 'sake of a headline'
- Follows Texas Governor Greg Abbott sending two buses of migrants to the vice president's residence in D.C. earlier this month
- Also comes amid a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis for sending a plane of 50 migrants to the wealthy island of Martha's Vineyard off of Massachusetts
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 full of asylum-seekers off in front of the vice president's residence.
The vice president 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 News in an interview released Thursday. 'These are political stunts with real human beings who are fleeing harm.'
While Republican governors continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities, a majority of Democrats agree that these jurisdictions should bear the brunt of the immigration crisis.
The CRC Research survey shows that 63 percent of likely voters think the burden should not only be on border states – and 51 percent of Democrats agree.
But Harris said the governors are just 'doing it for the sake of a headline.'
'What we're seeing with these governors is irresponsible and it's inhumane,' she added in the interview released just three days after new figures revealed two million migrants have been arrested at the southern border in a year for the first time in history.
'Frankly it's a dereliction of duty when you are an elected leader to play those kinds of games with human lives and human beings,' Harris said, urging Republicans to be 'part of the solution.
She also blamed former President Donald Trump and his administration's policies for 'decimating' the process designed to help people come to the country and claim asylum when fleeing their homes.
Harris added that she has spent a large part of her time in office trying to 'reconstruct' the system, and has raised $3.2billion to address the root causes of why people leave countries in Central and South America to head to the United States.
Vice President Kamala Harris slammed Republicans for 'playing games' with human lives and making migrants part of a political stunt for the 'sake of a headline'
'Under the previous administration, they decimated a system that was designed to address immigration,' she alleged, and claimed that lawmakers 'playing political games' have stopped legislation from passing that would improve the pathway for citizenship for migrants.
Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey have sent thousands of migrants by bus to Washington, D.C., New York City and now Chicago, Illinois – all three sanctuary cities that have pledged not to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
Part of Abbott's efforts included sending two buses to the vice president's residence in D.C. rather than to Union Station near the Capitol.
The stunt was to bring the migrants to the literal doorsteps of the so-called 'border czar'.
Migrants on those two buses said they didn't know they were being dropped off near Harris' home – but expressed that they thought the border was open despite the vice president insisting it's closed.
After DeSantis' flight of migrants to Martha's Vineyard, reports emerged that he was using the same private plane to send more migrants to the Delaware Coastal Airport, just 20 miles from President Biden's vacation home in Rehoboth Beach.
The plane never arrived on Tuesday, despite attracting a myriad of reporters, volunteers, bystanders, Delaware government officials and even priests.
August figures were released this week that brought the total number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant encounters to more than 2 million in Fiscal Year 2022
Along with a class action lawsuit related to the Martha's Vineyard flight, DeSantis could also potentially face two separate congressional probes into the legality and financing of the plane ride.
Some speculate that the plane meant for Delaware on Tuesday never arrived due to legal questions emerging following the flight a few days prior.
Harris has visited the border once since she was tasked with looking at the 'root causes' of migration early on in the administration – but went to the liberal city of El Paso at the northernmost part of the border in Texas, rather than to some deeper border communities.
Both Republican and Democratic officials on the border have implored her or an administration official to come and visit and see the toll the surge is having in their communities.
The vice president also visited Guatemala in June 2021 where she met with regional leaders, including President Alejandro Giammattei, to talk about creating partnerships to improve conditions in the Northern Triangle to stop citizens from fleeing to the U.S.
Asylum seeking migrants are seen waiting at a new Mobile En-Route Processing Unit (MERC), in El Paso, Texas, used by U.S. Border Patrol to rapidly process asylum seeking migrants
REVEALED: The shocking numbers that show the unprecedented impact of illegal immigration into America that should make EVERY politician wake up to the crisis — as exposed by TODD BENSMAN's expert analysis
Todd Bensman is Senior National Security Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies and author of 'Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History.' He previously served for nine years as senior intelligence analyst for the Texas Department of Public Safety's Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division.
All it took was the arrival of 50 migrants on Martha's Vineyard to wake Democrats and the mainstream media up to the reality of America's historic and transformational immigration crisis.
All they needed was 19 months, dating back to the start of the Biden administration, to be wrenched out of their partisan fog to recognize the scope of this humanitarian disaster.
It's sickening, but here we are.
On Monday, The New York Times grudgingly ran a story that used the 'H' word to describe the 'historic pace of undocumented immigrants entering the country.'
It is a pace that would have struck generations of Democrats as totally unacceptable, until recently.
This week, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at long last released statistics from August showing the stark numbers: More than 2.15 million encounters with immigrants on the southern border, between October 2021 and August 2022.
The Biden presidency could easily end with seven million or more new migrants in America – a population larger than the size of Los Angeles and Chicago combined.
The full reporting period, which runs through September, will probably end with 2.35 million encounters.
By definition, an encounter happens each time a Border Patrol agent physically lays hands on an individual attempting to enter the country illegally, so one migrant may be countered multiple times.
These numbers are literally off the charts.
2.15 million encounters is the highest number since the Eisenhower administration started keeping records in 1960.
It's also up significantly from 1.7 million encounters during Biden's first term – and even that was a record at the time.
For comparison, between 2010 and 2016, Border Patrol handled less than 500,000 encounters and never topped 400,000 in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
All together Border Patrol's 17,000 agents have had to process immigrants approximately 4 million times since Biden became president.
And while millions were arrrested on the border, millions more got into America – and they will continue to do so.
The Biden administration itself has legally paroled some 1.4 million family members and unaccompanied minors into America bound only by the promise that they'll report to immigration authorities someday.
Add to that at least another 900,000 'gotaways,' which is a slang term once only used by Border Patrol agents to describe individuals who they suspect were able to evade capture.
The problem of 'gotaways' has become so pronounced that it is now part of the official lexicon.
Adding these two groups together, a total of more than at least 2.3 million illegal immigrants have entered America since Biden took office.
2.15 million encounters is the highest number since the Eisenhower administration started keeping records in 1960.
On Monday, The New York Times grudgingly ran a story that used the 'H' word to describe the 'historic pace of undocumented immigrants entering the country.' (Above) Migrants on the border in downtown El Paso, Texas, U.S., September 21, 2022
In this trend holds, and there's no indication that it won't, a second half of the Biden term could boost that number to some five million or higher.
If the administration follows through with its pledge to lift the Trump-era pandemic-related 'Title 42,' which sped the expulsion of migrants in the interest of public health, then as many as 540,000 migrants a month could pour in, according to intelligence community estimates.
In that case, the Biden presidency could easily end with seven million or more new migrants in America – a population larger than the size of Los Angeles and Chicago combined.
To put this unprecedented migration in even sharper perspective — consider that over nearly six decades, 12 million legal immigrants were admitted to the US through Ellis Island in New York City's Hudson Harbor.
At its peak, those numbers reached 1,004,756 in 1907, an average of 84,000 legal immigrants a month.
Under Biden, the average is 139,000 illegal immigrants per month.
Obviously, America has grown since the migrant waves through Ellis Island stopped, but the current period clearly rivals that transformational era in American history.
Ordinary Americans are already paying a steep price for this.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the immigration policy think tank Center for Immigration Studies, estimates the lifetime fiscal cost of the illegal aliens Biden has let in so far at more than $100 billion.
That's in addition to $140 billion a year taxpayers already bear for benefits and services to the longer-term illegal alien population.
But those aren't the only costs.
To put this unprecedented migration in even sharper perspective — consider that over nearly six decades, 12 million legal immigrants were admitted to the US through Ellis Island in New York City's Hudson Harbor. (Above) Migrants climb through a fence in the desert at the base of the Baboquivari Mountains after they were apprehended Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, near Sasabe, Ariz. by U.S. Border Patrol agents
Probably the very area of civic life where most Americans will first and most viscerally experience the impact of the Biden border crisis will be in the schools.
A 1982 Supreme Court ruling required enrollment of minors in public school regardless of immigration status no matter the costs or hardships.
In Austin Independent School District, teachers held protests in April 2022 drawing attention to a 400-student influx of immigrant teenagers from Central American nations at its International High School and Eastside Early College High School campus. Teachers complained they were left to give instruction in hallways and conference rooms.
In and around New York City, a significant surge of 5,000 immigrant children flooded into four counties in a single 11-month span through August 2021, posing a $139 million additional burden on New York taxpayers to educate them.
This is the story all across the country. Health and Human Services reported that 107,742 unaccompanied children were released to sponsors inside the U.S from October 2021 to July 2022.
Los Angeles county took in 4,579 children, Florida's Miami-Dade county accepted 2,306 and Texas' Harris county absorbed 7,170.
It's impossible to determine from available public records exactly how many immigrant children have been enrolled in the nation's public schools.
But accounting for the surge of migrants under both the Biden and Trump administrations, probably close to two million have been added to the nation's 49.5 million students in public schools, a four percentage increase over four years, by my estimation.
Long before frustrated Republican governors tried to force northern Democrats to 'please, just pay attention to what is happening to all of us,' no one said a word about the roaring conveyor belt that had already bused and flown many hundreds of thousands of border-crossers to cities all over America.
That machine runs full-throttle even now, pouring a biblical Noah's Flood of foreign nationals into schools, homeless shelters, jobs and welfare lines across America.
Would liberal America just listen for a minute to what Republican governors are trying to say, they would know that millions more are on the way thus making an already-dire crisis that much more dire.
Perhaps, if they opened their ears and their eyes, they'd join with Republicans in a normal civil discourse about whether this permanent new condition is what everybody really wants.
And if it's sustainable.