Ted Cruz Tweets List of Places Migrants Should Be Sent to Next

Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, tweeted out a list Friday of places he thinks Republican Governors Ron DeSantis, of Florida, and Greg Abbott, of Texas, should send migrants next.

His tweets come after DeSantis sent two planes carrying migrants to Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts, earlier this week, a move which has drawn harsh criticism from Democrats, and praise from conservatives.

Abbott also moved to transport migrants from his state to Washington, D.C. this week by sending two buses of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris' house at the Naval Observatory. The Texas governor has previously sent migrants to New York City and Chicago as part of an effort to criticize the Biden administration's policies at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a series of tweets, Cruz tagged Abbott and DeSantis, and mentioned a series of locations—presumably suggesting where he'd like the two governors to send migrants next.

Cruz Suggests Places to Send Migrants
Above, Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, is seen on Capitol Hill on August 6 in Washington, D.C. Cruz tweeted out a list Friday of places he wants Republican Governors Ron DeSantis, of Florida, and Greg Abbott, of Texas, to send migrants next. Anna Rose Layden

"Palo Alto, CA next," Cruz tweeted.

"Rehoboth Beach, Delaware next," he then wrote. President Joe Biden owns a vacation home near Rehoboth Beach.

"Nantucket next," he said in another tweet.

In a tweet in early April, responding to an announcement from Abbott who said he was sending migrants to Washington, D.C., Cruz said that Texas "shouldn't ONLY send charter buses of illegal aliens to DC." The Texas senator added that he had introduced legislation to send them to other locations including Martha's Vineyard, Greenwich, Connecticut, Scarsdale, New York, and Newport, Rhode Island. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Palo Alto, California, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, were also included in the list.

Newsweek has reached out to Cruz's press office for comment.

This week, the White House blasted DeSantis and Abbott over their efforts to transport migrants across the country.

"We have had a process in place. There's a legal way of doing this and—for managing migrants," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a Thursday press conference. "Republican governors interfering in that process and using migrants as political pawns is shameful, is reckless, and just plain wrong."

She added that the "migrants, including children, who arrived in Martha's Vineyard were misled about where they were being taken and what would be provided when they arrived—is also deeply alarming."

Massachusetts state Representative Dylan Fernandes, a Democrat who represents Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, also criticized DeSantis.

"Republicans who call themselves Christians have been plotting for some time to use human lives - men, women, and children - as political pawns. It is evil and inhumane," he said.