Photo via Ron DeSantis/Twitter
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre criticized as a “political stunt” Gov. Ron DeSantis’ activation of the Florida National Guard in response to an increase in Cuban and Haitian migrants arriving in the Florida Keys.
Asked Wednesday about a DeSantis executive order blaming the Biden administration for an “alarming influx of migrants,” Jean-Pierre said DeSantis is “creating a problem” and “making a mockery of a problem the president is trying to fix.”
“We have seen Gov. DeSantis do political stunts. That is how he perceives to fix this issue from Florida,” Jean-Pierre replied.
“We’re talking about people who are coming from countries who are dealing with political strife, who are dealing with issues where they’re trying to find asylum. And he treats them like pawns,” Jean-Pierre continued. “So, we have called that out, over and over again. And we will continue to do that.”
DeSantis’ order primarily authorized state Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie to coordinate a response with local, state and federal agencies and directed law-enforcement and other state agencies to provide assistance to local governments.
DeSantis opened the order by declaring the actions are needed “to protect Floridians from the dangerous impacts of the Biden Border Crisis.”
A news release accompanying the executive order called Biden’s immigration policies “lawless.”