Kushner Pushes Back Against DeSantis For Using Migrants ‘As Political Pawns’

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has received significant criticism from the left for his efforts to relocate undocumented immigrants in his state to liberal enclaves along the Northeast, though the program has generally received positive reviews from conservatives upset with the Biden administration’s border policy.

A few prominent naysayers, including former President Trump’s son-in-law and one-time adviser Jared Kushner, however, have come out against such plans.

In a recent Fox News interview, Kushner said that it was “very hard to see” what is happening along the U.S.-Mexico border and placed blame on political leaders on both sides of the aisle.

“We have to remember that these are human beings, they’re people, so seeing them being used as political pawns one way or the other is very troubling to me,” he added.

In light of the difficult journey that migrants endure when traveling north toward America, Kushner argued that they should receive better treatment upon illegally crossing into the U.S.

“People don’t talk enough about the fact that these people are lured into these journeys by the coyotes; they’re paying a lot of money,” he said, citing a statistic that “80% of women are sexually assaulted along the way.”

DeSantis has defended his program as a way to shed light on the worsening border crisis. A number of high-profile Republicans have expressed their support for the Florida governor after he loaded flights bound for Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with migrants who arrived in his state.

Appearing at an event in Kansas earlier this week, DeSantis received a standing ovation from the Republican crowd.

“This is a crisis,” he said of the situation along the southern border. “It’s now getting a little bit more attention.”

As the midterm elections rapidly approach and speculation swirls regarding the candidates in the 2024 presidential race, DeSantis later told a crowd in Wisconsin that immigration must be a central theme upon which voters make their decisions.

“This border is now an issue in these elections,” he declared. “And I think it’s something that our candidates need to take.”

For his part, Kushner touted the success of the Trump administration on the issue of border security, explaining: “Under President Trump, we had the lowest border crossings in history when he turned over the administration. The border was secure, it was very safe.”