Hispanic TX Dem leaders defend migrant busing. DeSantis gets standing ovation over Martha’s Vineyard action–but Massachusetts seeks DOJ probe of DeSantis over human trafficking and kidnapping. Plus, more top stories in conservative politics.
Two Hispanic leaders in Texas–the Democratic mayor of El Paso, Oscar Leeser, as well as Representative Henry Cuellar–criticized the Biden administration for its failure to stop illegal crossings into the US.
Mayor Oscar Leeser defended his city’s policy of busing during an interview with ABC’s This Week, saying he was just trying to get them to their ultimate destination, New York City. He said migrants are being treated humanely, the Daily Wire reported.
“The people are not coming to El Paso, they’re coming to America,” Leeser said. “We don’t send anyone where they don’t want to go. We make sure we help them. We put them on buses with food and make sure they get to their destination and make sure that we always continue to greet and treat people like human beings.”
Rep. Henry Cuellar criticized the Biden administration for its lack of deportations and resources, Washington Times reported. Dinner an interview with Face the Nation, he suggested that the administration publicize deportations by using photos and videos to dissuade immigrants from making dangerous journeys from Central or South America to the southern border.
“First of all, we need solutions and not theater,” Cuellar said, the Daily Wire reported. “By sending folks off to New York and Chicago, it does bring attention, but we want to focus more on solutions on the border.”
“We got to give Border Patrol, we got to give ICE, Homeland Security the equipment,” Cuellar continued. “You know, making sure they have everything where they can enforce the law, because if we don’t have repercussions at the border, we’re going to continue getting 8,000 people a day.”
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) received a standing ovation at a rally for Kansas state Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, on Sunday. DeSantis spoke about the recent transportation of 50 illegal immigrants from Florida to the wealthy leftist enclave of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, the Daily Wire reported.
“The one place in the country where we see virtually no law and order is at the southern border,” DeSantis said. “And this is a crisis.”
DeSantis grinned. “It’s now getting a little more attention.”
It prompted a standing ovation from the crowd.
“It is a crisis,” DeSantis added. “And it’s a manufactured crisis because of Biden’s failed policies.”
Authorities in Massachusetts say they have requested a federal human trafficking probe against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his decision to send 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, USA Today reported. State Rep. Dylan Fernandes tweeted Sunday: “We are requesting that the Department of Justice open an investigation to hold DeSantis and others accountable for these inhumane acts. Not only is it morally criminal, there are legal implications around fraud, kidnapping, deprivation of liberty, and human trafficking.”
Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is seeking to roll back some of the policies put in place by his Democratic predecessor, Ralph Northam, which would revise rights for trans students. Among the revised rules would be students using only the bathrooms and locker rooms associated with the sex assigned to them at birth. For sports and other extracurricular activities, students must only participate in teams that align with the sex assigned at birth, NPR reported. Additionally, the name and sex of the student cannot be changed without an official legal document or court order. Teachers and school officials can only refer to a student by their pronouns associated with their sex at birth.
Denver plans to attempt to fix its problem of an estimated 3,500 homeless people by giving $12,000 apiece to 140 homeless women as well as transgender and “non-binary” people over the next year, the Daily Wire reported. The money comes with no strings attached and is part of a basic income experiment.
“The Denver Basic Income Project is an opportunity to explore how the philanthropic community and the private sector can augment public support for those living in poverty, particularly our unhoused neighbors, and extend that hand up to stability,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. The Denver Basic Income Project, a nonprofit, plans to raise some $9 million to hand out to an estimated 820 homeless women and transgender and non-binary people.
Critics say giving the money out with no strings attached gives no consideration to the fact that many homeless people have drug addictions or mental illnesses, arguing it would be better to give them the help they need with these problems rather than free money. Other critics say Denver’s homeless explosion is due to its drug legalization which has drawn transients to the city.