Joy Reid: Republicans Made Immigration Worse By Sending Them All Over the Country

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Joy Reid, one of the more outspoken and liberal hosts on MSNBC, is pointing the finger at Republicans over the immigration issues. Why? According to her, it is because Republicans shipped immigrants all over the country. Apparently, if it were up to her, Arizona and Texas would have simply been overrun by them.

Reid’s comments came in the wake of President Joe Biden’s announcement of an executive order aimed at securing the southern border. However, Reid criticized the order, arguing that it would be largely ineffective in curbing the flow of illegal immigrants due to the numerous exemptions included by the administration.

“One of the things that red state governors, like the governors of Texas and Florida have done, is they have sent the problem, if you want to call it a problem, of undocumented people and shipped them all over the country like the old segregationists in the Civil Rights [era] used to put black people on buses and say, ‘Hey, let’s send them to your city so you’ll be upset.'”

Reid’s understanding of the state-led relocation programs appears to be lacking in depth. These initiatives, particularly in Texas, were established to alleviate the burden on border cities overwhelmed by the influx of migrants. The programs offer voluntary transportation to cities chosen by the migrants themselves, ensuring that no one is coerced into relocating against their will.

Reid also discussed the economic pressures faced by many Americans, suggesting that the presence of migrants has exacerbated these challenges. “Then you have twin pressures. People can’t afford rent, they’re seeing economic challenges in terms of affording things and they see migrants and say they’re getting the money that should be coming to me. This has become really effective, so Biden’s response is to say, ‘I’ll be punitive,'” she continued.

The influx of illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities such as New York City, Chicago, and Denver has been significant, not only due to state relocation programs but also because these cities offer various forms of assistance to migrants, including shelter, food, and financial aid. Additionally, many migrants have been drawn to these cities through the efforts of charities and non-governmental organizations.

The article also touches on broader societal issues and viewpoints, reflecting the complex and often polarized nature of the immigration debate in the United States.