Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has slammed the Democrats and the “sanctuary courts” they run for “freaking out” over his move to ship dozens of migrants from his state to Martha’s Vineyard — and accusing them of relying on wrong people to let in “signs of virtue”.
On Wednesday, the Republican chartered planes to transport more than 50 migrants, most of whom are from Venezuela, to the affluent summer enclave in Massachusetts, where former President Barack Obama has an $11.75 million home.
Democrats were quick to target DeSantis over what they called a “humanitarian crisis” over just 50 migrants who popped up on the Liberal playground, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who asked the US Department of Justice to file kidnapping charges against the Florida to consider governorship due to resettlement of migrants in “blue” states.
In a speech Thursday, a defiant DeSantis admitted that sending migrants to Democrat-controlled “sanctuary cities” and states was meant to mock local leaders and stoke opposition to President Biden’s lax border policies.
“If you have people who think Florida is a good place (to live), our message to them is we’re not a haven state and it’s better to be able to go to a haven jurisdiction,” DeSantis told a crowd of supporters. “And yes, we will help you facilitate that transportation so you can go to greener pastures.”
DeSantis accused pro-immigrant politicians of hypocrisy for opposing the arrival of migrants into their states, even as border towns in Arizona and Texas are inundated with foreigners pouring into those states from Mexico.
“The moment even a small fraction of what these border towns deal with every day is brought to their doorstep, they go nuts and are so upset that this is happening,” he said. “And it just shows you that their virtue signaling is a scam.”
He added, “Well, the best thing would be for Biden to do his damn job and secure the border.”
After landing on Martha’s Vineyard – an island with a population of 15,000 – the migrants were taken to St Andrew’s Church and provided with meals, shelter, medical care and information on where to find work.
The unexpected arrival of the newcomers threw the small community into chaos, prompting the local tourism board to name the situation a “humanitarian crisis”.
“We have reached out to our state and federal partners for additional and long-term support and assistance,” a county emergency management representative wrote in a statement.
Lisa Belcastro, coordinator of the Martha’s Vineyard homeless shelter, described the shelters for migrants as a “stopgap”. She suggested that at some point they would have to be moved to another location.
“Eventually they have to move from here to another place,” Belcastro told local news outlets. “We can’t, we don’t have the services to take care of 50 immigrants.”
Elizabeth Folcarelli, executive director of the nonprofit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, said the newcomers said they had a job and a place to live. She described finding a shelter as a “big challenge”.
County Commissioner Keith Chatinover, a Democrat who said a year ago he would “love” it if Martha’s Vineyard became a “sanctuary” for migrants, lashed out at DeSantis on Thursday, retweeting posts branding him a “fascist.” became.
When Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called out Chatinover for his apparent U-turn on the migrant issue, the commissioner said he supports refugee resettlement, but not without “prior notice.”
Chatinover further accused Republicans of “blatantly disregarding human rights” by sowing chaos just to “prove a point.”
Deputy Speaker of the US House of Representatives Katherine Clark similarly accused DeSantis of “playing politics with lives”.
Bryan Griffin, a spokesman for DeSantis, argued that Democrats should direct their anger at Biden’s “border policies that encourage human smuggling and dangerous migrations across Central America.”
The Republican governors of Texas and Arizona have sent thousands of migrants on buses to New York, Chicago and Washington, DC in recent months to teach those cities’ Democratic leaders a harsh lesson about the ongoing border crisis, which is affecting nearly 2 million people enter the United States from Mexico between October and July.
On Thursday, two busloads of migrants from Texas arrived in front of Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence at the Naval Observatory in DC.
“The Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis on our southern border that has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for nearly two years,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who paid about $15 million to charter buses spent on resettlement of migrants.
The California governor, who has publicly clashed with DeSantis and Abbott over their policies, responded to the resettlement of migrants by asking the DOJ to investigate whether transporting people across state lines as “political props” is illegal.
“The transportation of families, including children, under false pretenses across state lines is morally reprehensible, but also potentially illegal,” Newsom wrote in a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, which he also posted on his Twitter account.
Without naming DeSantis or Abbott, Newsom suggested the federal government could pursue kidnapping and “civil rights conspiracy” charges because the migrants were being targeted because of their national origins.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that federal officials were not given advance notice by the Republican governors who were sending the migrants to Massachusetts and Washington.
“We’re talking about children, we’re talking about families who were promised a home or a job, who got on a bus and were taken to a place they don’t know,” said Jean-Pierre, who called the governor’s office. Acts a “cruel, deliberate political stunt”.
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