White House Press Secretary Refuses To Answer Immigration Question

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to answer a reporter’s question about immigration.

The question concerned the transport of migrants to President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.

“Does President Biden want more migrants to come to Delaware?” asked the reporter.

“I don’t even understand that question,” Jean-Pierre replied. “I will move on.”

Last month, a reporter asked Biden a similar question about reports that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) planned to transport migrants to Delaware.

“He should come visit,” quipped Biden. “We have a beautiful shoreline.”

DeSantis never did send migrants to Delaware, but he has transported them to several self-proclaimed “sanctuary cities,” including Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has employed a similar strategy, bussing more than 8,200 migrants to Washington, D.C., 3,300 migrants to New York City, and 1,000 migrants to Chicago.

Though Jean-Pierre refused to answer the question regarding migrants going to Delaware, she criticized DeSantis and Abbott for their migrant relocation programs.

“They’re sending migrants — as we’ve seen the last several months, the last several weeks — they’re sending migrants without letting city officials know, without letting the federal government know,” stated Jean-Pierre. “What they do is they call TV news stations to be there to capture this moment and use it as a political stunt.”

In response, Abbott has defended the relocation program as necessary to compel the Biden administration to address the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We have a president who has refused to go see the chaos that he’s created on the border and a border czar, Kamala Harris, who’s refused to say what’s going on the border,” Abbott said last month. “If they will not go to the border, we’re taking the border to them, so they can see the challenges they’re imposing to the entire United States of America.”

In August alone, the Customs and Border Protection reported a record high 203,000 migrant encounters along the U.S.-Mexico border, putting the yearly tally at more than 2.1 million encounters.