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Biden administration braces for Abbott and DeSantis to send more immigrants to Democratic cities

The official emphasized that the White House fully expected, and continued to prepare for, the possibility that the governors. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas sent more migrant groups to various cities in the coming weeks, saying they had no reason to believe those governors were done with such maneuvering.
This comes on the heels of Delaware officials and others rushing earlier this week to make preparations after reports and flight plans suggested a plane may be preparing to carry a group of immigrants from Texas. to the home state of President Joe Biden. As of Thursday afternoon, the administration was not aware of any reports of new migrant flights that might be heading to Delaware, the official said.

In order to offer help to cities particularly affected by the influx of immigrants, the administration official noted that the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has a regional administrator dedicated specifically to helping Chicago, New York City and Washington, DC.

One of the main problems FEMA officials are helping to ease is reimbursing cities, as quickly as possible, for the cost of dealing with the influx of immigrants. Meanwhile, officials from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have also been in regular contact with city officials, the official added.

There is recognition in the White House that the administration is currently facing a particularly challenging time, given threats by Republican governors to send immigrants to certain cities, as well as the record number of people currently arriving at the US border.

When asked about the Biden administration’s ongoing coordination with cities affected by immigrant influx, the White House said it was engaging in a “comprehensive effort” to help immigrants who were being used as “political pawns” by Republican governors. “.

“While we continue to work with our regional partners to manage the new migration challenge caused by failed authoritarian regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, we are also leading a comprehensive effort to support cities that welcome people fleeing communism. that Governor DeSantis and Governor Abbott are using as political pawns,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said.

“For example, FEMA has staff dedicated to supporting each city, expediting reimbursement requests as they come in, mobilizing local service providers and nonprofit support, and working with other federal agencies to identify additional resources. We will continue to do everything whatever we can — can do to support cities as Governor Abbott and Governor DeSantis intentionally create chaos and confusion with their cruel political stunts.”

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