The Catholic publication National Catholic Reporter criticized in a editorial to the governors of Texas and Florida for sending hundreds of migrants to states governed by Democrats.
By carrying out these deportations under false promises of legal advice and work-study options, Republicans want to punish President Joe Biden for his immigration policy, the article states.
“Using immigrants as political pawns ignores their God-given human dignity,” something the editorial says is repugnant.
It notes that Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida “decided it would be smart to protest President Joe Biden’s immigration policies by sending migrant men, women, and children to cities in blue states, including Chicago, New York, and Martha’s Vineyard”.
Contradictorily, the editorial points out, these leaders are Catholic. “But even if they were not, common decency should prevent them from contriving a trick that uses vulnerable human beings – people who have fled violent countries, often risking their lives and walking for weeks or months to reach our borders and ask for asylum. – to embarrass his political enemies and score points with his base that attacks immigrants.”
More criticism of Republican governors
The sending of migrants arriving in Texas and Florida to other states was also criticized by the Archdiocese of Miami. In a release considers these practices as “puzzling”.
“Reports of Florida’s involvement in transporting migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard are puzzling. Any action to transport people under false pretenses and leave them abandoned without assistance would diminish their human dignity and objectify them,” the statement said.
The Miami bishops’ statement emphasizes that “immigrants are not faceless numbers, but human persons. They are our brothers and sisters.”
He goes on to praise the role of migrants in the US economy, taking on essential jobs for the country’s development.
“Justice and prudence demand that we treat them with dignity and that we find a reasonable way to have their contributions and presence recognized within the law,” the statement concludes.