Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, launched criticism at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ flying nearly 50 illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
Kushner charged that it is difficult to watch what is happening at the nation’s southern border. In a Fox News interview, he said that the migrants are “human beings, they’re people,” and he is troubled knowing they are being utilized as “political pawns.”
The Republican governor flew two planeloads of migrants to the liberal enclave earlier this month, and within 48 hours of disembarking they had been moved to an area military base.
Similar but larger moves have been made by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey — both Republicans — by busing migrants from their states to Democratic-run cities.
Kushner pointed to the fact that these migrants have taken incredibly long journeys and paid substantial sums of money to coyotes to get them across the border.
Jared Kushner criticizes Desantis’s flight of migrants to MV: “We have to remember that these are human beings, they’re people, so seeing them being used as political pawns is very troubling to me.” pic.twitter.com/zVCWxMUeES
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) September 22, 2022
For those looking to exploit Kushner’s concerns into a split among Republicans, they will have to look elsewhere. Trump’s son-in-law made it clear that the blame for the current border crisis falls at the feet of President Joe Biden.
In fact, he drew a straight comparison between what one U.N. organization called the “deadliest land crossing in the world” and the much more orderly situation that existed under his father-in-law.
As Kushner noted, Trump’s border saw the lowest number of crossings in history and was very safe. This crisis, on the other hand, has resulted in a record-breaking number of migrant encounters — 2.15 million and counting — in the latest fiscal year alone.
Kushner correctly stated that restarting the building of the border wall would be a great deterrence for those contemplating the dangerous journey. He said that the move would “prevent a lot of death and prevent a lot of sexual exploitation.”
His words emphasize what virtually every reasonable observer must admit. The border was a much safer and well organized place before Biden’s welcome mat was unrolled for all to enter. Migrants know what awaits them, and right now that is a ticket straight into the U.S.