CNN’s Van Jones: ‘We need more immigration, not less … It would probably help with inflation’

CNN’s Van Jones accused Governor Ron DeSantis of “pimping the pain of border towns” by sending illegal immigrants from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, home of multimillionaires like the Obamas who refuse to accept any of that “pain” in their comfortable island world.

Jones appeared on “CNN Newsroom” with Jim Acosta alongside former Representative Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) where he called for “more immigration, not less” and criticized as “really shameful” the moves by DeSantis and Texas’ Governor Abbott to relieve some of the suffering of their residents and of the immigrants by taking immigrants to highly welcoming places with the abundant resources of the super-rich.

Jones then conjured up a scenario that blamed the governors for a problem that the U.S. Constitution prohibits them from solving, and about which Democrats have long literally screamed, “bloody murder” when border states take any step within their authority to solve it.

Jones’ expectation is for “someone like DeSantis to convene the governors — he could use the National Governor’s Association, a bipartisan group — and say, ‘look, we can’t do any more, we need your help,’ and you coordinate it.”

“We need to have immigration reform,” Comstock chipped in, saying that in 2018 Republicans like Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) had supported an immigration reform bill that President Trump said he would sign.  DeSantis, then a member of the House and of the Freedom Caucus, had opposed it.

The reason many opposed the 2018 proposal was because it contained provisions that, in their opinion, amounted to “amnesty.”

“They’re just doing these stunts and these ambushes” to “score political points,” Jones said of the governors.

“They’re making a point; they’re not solving the problem,” he continued, describing it as “pimping the pain of the border towns that do need help” to make “political grand gestures,” which he called “disgusting.”

Jones also contended that we need immigration and that it may help fight inflation by producing more workers during these times of worker shortages.

“There is a way to handle something like this,” said Jones. “I think we need more immigration and not less. If we could get more people here working, it would probably help with inflation and everything else.”

There is an “orderly way” to control immigration, Jones continued, but “unfortunately” the current system is a “complete breakdown.”

It would be a “great thing,” Comstock said, for President Biden to “call the bluff of governors like Governor DeSantis” by convening a meeting on border security and immigration reform while noting that the U.S. needs more workers and more legal immigration. She said she believes Biden would “find a lot of Republicans who want to help in that regard.”

“They’re just doing these stunts and ambushes” so they can “score political points,” railed Jones, somehow forgetting to mention that Republican governors couldn’t score points if the effective policies of President Trump had simply been continued when Biden took over the border.

A thoughtful observer would say that DeSantis and Abbott have been pleading for Biden to remove the opportunity to “score political points,”


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