VP Kamala Harris accuses Republican governors of “dereliction of duty” for dropping immigrants off outside her residence.
“I don’t think that, you know, playing games with people’s lives is the solution to this problem. But based on the record amount of arrests at the border, it is a problem,” Meyers said. “I think we look to our leaders at times like these. What is the path forward?”
Harris said Abbott’s response was a “dereliction of duty” and called on Abbott to help find a solution to the illegal crossings instead of dropping immigrants outside of her door.
Harris also blamed the administration of former President Donald Trump for the crisis at the border, claiming the immigration system under Trump was broken.
“I just think it’s an absolute dereliction of duty,” Harris said. “If you see a problem and we agree that we need to address it, then if you’re a leader, participate in a solution. When we first came into office, the first bill that we proposed was for a pathway for citizenship, which was to fix a broken immigration system, which was broken under the previous administration.”
Harris added that the move was “political theater” and called on Abbott, Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ), and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who sent two flights of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last month, to stop playing with people’s lives.
“Participate in the solution because we are offering solutions,” Harris said. “But instead, [we have] this gamesmanship with real human beings who trust us.”
Abbott announced in May that he would bring the border crisis to President Joe Biden and began offering free transportation to Washington. He initially dropped immigrants off several blocks from the Capitol but later expanded the busing operation to Chicago and New York City. The busing operation is in its sixth month.
The Republican governors have maintained that all three cities are “sanctuary” zones that for years have vowed to protect people illegally residing in the United States, adding that, therefore, they ought to be willing to accept the buses of immigrants.