Republican governors of some Southern US states have recently sent migrants to other states.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said his state, Florida, helped send 50 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez described the moves as "crimes against humanity" and "trafficking."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York slammed "far-right politicians" for shipping migrants from the southern US border to states farther away.
"It's appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"Don't normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn't politics as usual. It's abuse."
—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 16, 2022
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida took credit for sending two planes — said to be carrying about 50 migrants — from Texas to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard. At least some of the migrants have said they were misled about where they were being taken.
"Yes, Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha's Vineyard today were part of the state's relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations," Taryn Fenske, the communications director for DeSantis, told Fox News Digital.
DeSantis has said the migrants were planning on traveling to Florida and he instead wanted other states to share what he calls the "costs" of migration — though the migrants appeared to be met with a warm welcome on Martha's Vineyard.
In recent weeks, other Republican officials have sent migrants to cities including New York and Washington, DC.
In a tweet, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said two buses from his state arrived at the Naval Observatory in Washington on Friday night.
"VP Harris claims our border is "secure" & denies the crisis," Abbott tweeted. "We're sending migrants to her backyard to call on the Biden Administration to do its job & secure the border."
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