(CNN) — President Joe Biden slammed Republican state officials who have been sending immigrants north this year to protest his administration’s immigration policies, accusing them of “playing politics with human beings.”

“Instead of working with us on solutions, Republicans are playing politics with human beings, using them as props. What they are doing is simply wrong. We are working to make sure it is safe, orderly and humane. Republican officials should not interfere with that process by doing these political maneuvers,” Biden told attendees of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala on Thursday night.

He added: “It’s long overdue for Senate Republicans to come to the table and provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farmworkers and essential workers. We need to modernize our laws so that businesses get the workers they need.” they need, and families don’t have to wait decades to get back together. It’s time to do it.”

Biden’s comments came hours after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre denounced the Republican governors. Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott send immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in DC as part of a “cruel and premeditated political stunt.”

Jean-Pierre accused the governors of Florida and Texas of using immigrants as “political pawns” and called their actions “shameful… reckless and just plain wrong.”

“The fact that Fox News and not the Department of Homeland Security, the city or local (non-governmental organizations) has been tipped off to a plan to dump immigrants, including children, on the side of a busy city street and Washington makes it clear that this is just a cruel and premeditated political stunt,” Jean-Pierre told reporters at a White House briefing.

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DeSantis sent two planes carrying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday night, his office said. Abbott says his estate intentionally sent two buses of immigrants to Harris’ residence in the nation’s capital and they arrived Thursday morning. An estimated 50 immigrants arrived in Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday on two planes, according to Massachusetts State Sen. Julian Cyr, a Democrat who represents the area. Dozens of immigrants were left standing on the sidewalk and in the grass outside the US Naval Observatory in Washington on Thursday morning.

The actions by the governors — both fierce critics of the Biden administration — are the latest series of moves by Republican governors to transport immigrants to liberal cities and states to protest what they say are inadequate federal border security efforts. south.

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Jean-Pierre said migrants were misled about where they were being taken and what would be provided upon arrival, which he said was “deeply alarming”.

“The children that Governor Abbott abandoned on Martha’s Vineyard, the children that Governor DeSantis also abandoned, you know, they deserve better. They deserve better than staying on the streets of Washington or on Martha’s Vineyard,” said Jean-Pierre, wrongly attributing the migrants who were sent to Martha’s Vineyard to Abbott.

Jean-Pierre said: “What they are doing is an illegal trick, it is a political trick. And it’s really disrespectful to humanity. It doesn’t give them any dignity… it’s just cruel.”