'Does Biden Want More Migrants to Come to Delaware?' Jean-Pierre: 'I Don't Even Understand That Question'

Peyton Holliday | October 20, 2022 | 2:50pm EDT
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White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre.  (Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – At the White House on Wednesday, when asked whether President Joe Biden would be willing to send illegal immigrants to his home state of Delaware, Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre she did not “understand that question.”

During the Oct. 19 press briefing, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre, “You condemn governors sending migrants to various cities across the country, but where should officials that are overwhelmed by the number of migrants coming into their cities and into their shelters, where should they send the migrants?”

Jean-Pierre replied, “Well, we have said many times before there’s a process, a legal process, and that we are willing to work with cities who are dealing with this issue. What we have seen from governors is that they are using migrants as a political tool. That’s not the way to do it.”

She continued, “They’re sending migrants, as we have seen the last several months and the last several weeks, they are sending migrants without letting city officials know. Without letting the federal government know. And what they do is they call TV news stations to be there to capture this moment and use it as a political stunt. We will continue to call that out, but we are willing and open to work with cities that are dealing with this issue, as we have done with New York City, as we have done with Washington, D.C., and other cities as well.”

The reported then asked, “Does President Biden want more migrants to come to Delaware?”

The White House press secretary replied: “I don’t even understand that question.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who sent illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard recently, said last year that if the Biden administration was going to send the immigrants to Florida cities, he would “send them to Delaware.”

President Joe Biden.  (Getty Images)
President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

"If he’s [Biden’s] not going to support the border being secure, then he should be able to have everyone there," he said. 

Last month it was rumored that DeSantis had also sent some illegals to Delaware. At the time, Jean-Pierre said, “Our heads up did not come from Gov. DeSantis because his only goal, as he's made it really quite clear, is to create chaos and using immigrants fleeing communism as political pawns.”

When asked about illegal immigrants being sent to Delaware, President Joe Biden responded, "You should come visit. We have a beautiful shoreline." 

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