McConnell backs Abbott, DeSantis migrant busing campaign

The GOP governors, he said, were giving "some Democrat-run states and cities just a tiny, tiny taste of what border communities have been enduring, literally, for years."

Updated: September 20, 2022 - 5:21pm

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday threw his weight behind an effort by Republican governors to send migrants to left-wing strongholds to highlight the Biden administration's lax enforcement of immigration law.

"There’s been a good deal of talk about what some of the governors have done to transport illegal immigrants up to other parts of the country. I personally thought it was a good idea," McConnell said, according to The Hill.

McConnell's comments follow efforts by GOP Govs. Doug Ducey, Ariz.; Greg Abbott, Texas; and Ron DeSantis, Fla., to send migrants to liberal bastions such as Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C., in protest of the ongoing border crisis.

Most recently, DeSantis prompted irate screeds from Democratic politicians after he sent planes full of migrants to the upper crust liberal enclave of Martha's Vineyard. Abbott meanwhile sent busloads to the Washington, D.C., residence of Vice President Kamala Harris.

"If you added up all of the illegals who have been taken to Chicago or Washington or Martha's Vineyard, it would be fewer than people down in Texas have to deal with on a daily basis," the Kentucky Republican explained, noting that left-wing outcries about their inability to handle the small influx ought to emphasize the struggle the border states face.

The GOP governors, he said, were giving "some Democrat-run states and cities just a tiny, tiny taste of what border communities have been enduring, literally, for years."

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