Two planes full of illegal immigrants were sent to Martha’s Vineyard by Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped off illegal immigrants in Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.
“Yes, Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation programme to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” the governor’s communications director responded.
“States like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden administration’s open border policies,” she stated
“As you may know, in this past legislative session the Florida legislature appropriated $12 million to implement a programme to facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants from this state consistent with federal law,” she said.
The office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said it was aware of the situation and provided short-term refuge.
Baker’s press secretary said the administration is in touch with local officials about the migrants’ arrival. Local officials are providing short-term shelter services, and the Administration will support them.
Florida’s budget includes $12 million for the Department of Transportation to remove and transfer illegal immigrants.
Martha’s Vineyard is a rich progressive’s playground, including former President Barack Obama, who acquired a multimillion-dollar mansion there in 2019.
DeSantis, a Republican, suggested Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard for such migrants, but his office said they might also be sent “to other ‘progressive’ states whose governors endorse blatant violations of federal immigration law.”
“It is not the responsibility of Floridians to subsidise aliens to reside in our state unlawfully; we did not consent to Biden’s open-borders agenda,” the governor’s office said at the time.
In November, DeSantis alleged migrant aircraft landed in Florida at Biden’s request and threatened to transport them to Delaware.
As the migrant crisis swamped border states, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent thousands of illegal immigrants to D.C. In August, Texas buses headed to NYC and Chicago. Arizona deployed buses to D.C.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who was put in charge of the border crisis by President Biden shortly after they took office in 2021, sparked a firestorm this week after declaring the southern border “secure” while administration officials estimate 55,000 “gotaways” per month — illegal immigrants who enter the country without being detained.