During an MSNBC segment that focused on Hurricane Harvey on Friday, host Stephanie Ruhle decided to focus on how illegal immigrants would be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. She then used her time with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to ask him about shelter for illegal aliens and the potential for deportation.
The initial report
When MSNBC news corresponded Kerry Sanders came on air to provide an update to viewers, Ruhle interrupted him to ask about illegal immigrants.
"Can I ask, you might not know the answer but Texas, especially Southern 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? Ruhle asked Sanders.
Ruhle was worried illegal aliens would face deportation.
"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," Sanders answered.
The Abbott interview
Later in the show, Ruhle asked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) a similar set of questions.
"How about the risk of deportation for those who are undocumented immigrants that could be in the way of the storm's path?" Ruhle asked. "Are they in the clear to go to some of these evacuation centers? Do they have to show ID?"
Abbott nodded his head as she asked the question. His response, however, was definitely not what Ruhle anticipated:
"It's my understanding from what I saw from the border patrol instructions yesterday that it will not be an issue," the governor responded. "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."
A wrench in the plan
Ruhle attempted to throw Abbott under the bus by making the assumption he would say illegal aliens are not protected during the hurricane. Instead, Abbott side-stepped a political grenade and provided a humanitarian response that all sides could live with.
Well done, Governor.