TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (TBEN) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew two immigrant jets to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they view as the Biden administration’s failed border policy.
Flights to the luxury island enclave in Massachusetts were part of an effort to “transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” said Taryn Fenske, DeSantis communications director.
While DeSantis’ office did not address their legal status, many migrants illegally crossing the border from Mexico are temporarily shielded from deportation after being released by US authorities to apply for asylum at immigration court – as permitted under the US law. law and the international treaty – or paroled on humanitarian grounds.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, said he was in contact with local officials and a short-term shelter was being offered.
State Representative Dylan Fernandes, who represents Martha’s Vineyard, tweeted: “Our island took action by putting together 50 beds, giving everyone a good meal, providing a play area for the children and making sure people get the healthcare and support they need. they need. We are a community coming together to support immigrants.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott began bus transportation of thousands of migrants to Washington in April and recently added New York and Chicago as destinations. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has been transporting migrants to Washington since May. Passengers must sign waivers that the free travel is voluntary.
DeSantis, listed as a potential presidential candidate, appears to be taking the strategy to a new level by using airplanes and choosing Martha’s Vineyard, whose port cities with about 15,000 people are much less prepared than New York or Washington for large influxes of migrants.
The move is likely to delight supporters of DeSantis, who mock Democrat-run, immigrant-friendly “sanctuary” towns and anger critics who say he arms migrants as pawns for political gain.
The Florida legislature has appropriated $12 million to transport “illegal immigrants” out of the state in accordance with federal law, Fenske said.
“States like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate care for these individuals they have invited to our country by encouraging illegal immigration through their designation as ‘holy states’ and support for the Biden administration’s open borders policy. said Fenske.