Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Cary Lake criticized Republican governors who ship illegal immigrants to major cities at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday.
Lake said she would work with neighboring countries and possibly send in the National Guard to protect the U.S.-Mexico border. She criticized buses for illegal immigrants to other states and cities across the country, saying the buses were supposed to send immigrants back to the border.
“I don’t like illegally carrying passengers here. It makes for a lovely photo op, but it just takes people further afield who shouldn’t be here,” Lake said. “I think we should take the buses to the border and send them back because we can’t let everyone in.”
Many immigrants from more than 150 countries have a history of murder, sex and drug trafficking, she said.
“We can’t let these criminals in,” she added. “They’re not all criminals, but we don’t want any criminals to come in, any terrorists to come in, and we certainly don’t want anyone to come in and grab our jobs, drive down our wages, and then indentured cartel servants. If we allow this to happen If it happened, we wouldn’t be a nation.”
In recent months, immigration buses have occurred repeatedly on orders from Republican governors. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona. On April 13, the first bus sent by the state of Texas dropped 24 immigrants near the Fox News bureau in Washington, D.C., and another 14 the next day. A third bus reportedly took 30 migrants away. (Related: GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake vows to declare ‘invasion’, deploy troops to border on first day)
About 3,500 immigrants have taken buses to the city from Texas and Arizona since April, according to to the Washingtonians. In response, Democratic Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called for the deployment of the National Guard to deal with the influx of immigrants into the city from Texas and Arizona. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected her request on Friday.
Bowser calls influx a ‘humanitarian crisis’ as DC homeless shelters reportedly increase overwhelmed The number of immigrants who took the bus to the city. The mayor also expressed concern that immigrants would be “tricked” into the city.
A bus in Texas carried the first migrants to New York City on Friday, Abbott announced in a statement.
Abbott’s plan is a response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) original plan to rescind Section 42, the Trump-era COVID-19 protocol that allows the deportation of 1.7 million immigrants. The Departments of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection have warned and planned a flood of immigration following the policy reversal.
Having encountered more than 3,000,000 migrants at the southern border since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).