Following the recent flooding in Texas, Gov. Greg Abott appeared on MSNBC to discuss how the rescue operation was advancing. During a segment by the MSNBC focusing on warning people of the dangerous Hurricane Harvey, MSNBC’s host Stephanie Ruhle inappropriately attempted to steer the important storm safety conversation to the topic of illegal immigration.
Ruhle, who showed little to no concern for the massive flooding and destruction in Texas, continued to ask Gov. Abbott “got ya” questions about illegal immigration, in some despicable – but all too common – journalistic attempt to manufacture controversy, and draw viewers and fame to herself.
MSNBC’s Kerry Sanders was providing an update on the hurricane, Ruhle repeatedly butted in to interrupt the emergency updates being given by Sanders. Ruhle sarcastically asked Abbott if the emergency centers set up during the hurricane would admit illegal aliens. She rudely cut into the vital hurricane safety broadcast to say, “Texas has quite a few undocumented immigrants. Are they able to go to any of these centers that you’re being directed to by city officials?”
Attempting to keep the focus on the important task of broadcasting life-saving safety information, her colleague, Kerry Sanders answered the question meant for Abbott, “Not only is it wide open, nobody checks on any of that. But interestingly one of the things that has held people up in years past is animals. People don’t want to leave because of their pets.”
As the show progressed, Ruhle made another spastic pass at Abbott, interrupting to demand, “how about the risk of deportation for those who are undocumented immigrants that could be in the way of the storm’s path?” And added, “Are they in the clear to go to some of these evacuation centers? Do they have to show ID?”
Gov. Abott’s stayed composed, and replied the exact same way as Sanders, by stating that “people would not be asked for identification based on instructions he had received from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection the day before” and that “what everyone is focused on right now is ensuring that we do all we can to protect life.”
Gov. Abbot responded to the selfish journalist, saying, “What everyone is focused on right now is ensuring that we do all we can to protect life. We all have a high regard for life. We want to ensure the safety of all lives and we’re prepared to take all measures to do so.”
It is to be noted, Officials from the Border Protection agency and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have indicated that “Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks,” the two agencies said in a joint statement. However, they warned would-be looters, “the laws will not be suspended, and we will be vigilant against any effort by criminals to exploit disruptions caused by the storm.”