DeSantis tears apart hypocrisy of anger over migrant resettlement

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ripped through the hypocrisy of his critics, who are more outraged that he flies a handful of migrants to swanky Martha’s Vineyard than about frontier workers dying in horrific conditions.

“It’s really frustrating,” DeSantis told Fox News’ Sean Hannity late Monday, hours after a criminal investigation was launched into his relocation of nearly 50 migrants to the posh Massachusetts hotspot.

“Since Biden has been president, millions of people have crossed the southern border illegally. Did you get upset about this? no

“Migrants died in the Rio Grande – in Texas, 50 died in a trailer because they were neglected. Was there a freak out because of that? No, there wasn’t.

“They got criminal aliens to cross that southern border and victimize Americans, kill some, rape some. Was there any kind of outrage about it? no

“Only at 50 [migrants] being put in Martha’s Vineyard” that there was outrage, he said, dismissing it as a “virtual signal.”

Migrants disembark from planes in Martha's Vineyard last week.
DeSantis insisted that all 50 flown to Martha’s Vineyard “had signed consent forms to go.”
Office of Governor DeSantis

DeSantis insisted that left-wing areas like Martha’s Vineyard “said they wanted this, they said they were a sanctuary jurisdiction”.

“And they not only didn’t welcome them – they deported them the next day with the National Guard!” Give me a break,” he said.

A Venezuelan migrant reacts as he is ushered onto a bus in Martha's Vineyard on Friday.
Florida’s governor tore up the hypocrisy of the people at the sanctuary, saying they would welcome the migrants only to immediately turn them away.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Monday his office is investigating whether the migrants, mostly from Venezuela, were illegally “lured” to board flights from San Antonio to Florida and eventually Massachusetts.

“Someone came from out of state, preyed on these people, lured them with promises of a better life,” Salazar said a news briefing.

However, DeSantis insisted that everyone on the flights had “signed take-off consent forms” and were given maps and information about assistance they would receive at the final, Democrat-led destination.

“So it was clearly voluntary, and all the other nonsense you hear just isn’t true,” he said.

“And why wouldn’t they want to leave, given where they are,” he said, saying the migrants who were flown out were “in really, really bad condition” in overrun border towns.

Javier Salazar, Bexar County Sheriff.
The governor spoke hours after Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said his office was investigating whether the migrants had been “lured.”

He also tore down Martha’s Vineyard because it complained that they had “no housing” for the few dozen arrivals.

“Let’s just say that’s true for a minute — well, what does that mean for these poor Texas towns? What does that mean for these other places across the country that are seeing influx? What does it mean for these small towns where Biden has dumped so many people?” he asked.

Venezuelan migrants in Martha's Vineyard.
Even if it was true that Martha’s Vineyard didn’t have enough housing, “what does that mean for these poor Texas towns” that are being overrun by frontier workers, DeSantis asked.

He claimed that the real focus should be on President Biden’s disastrous border policies, which have allowed a record number of migrants to pour in, many of whom say they see the US as an open border.

“I think we were able to show that this limit is a disaster. Biden failed at that as much or more than any other policy, and now people are talking about it,” he said, calling it a “frontburner issue” for elections. DeSantis tears apart hypocrisy of anger over migrant resettlement


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