DeSantis sent two planes full of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, following through on his promise to drop off illegal immigrants in progressive states.
Migrants deboarding planes at Martha’s Vineyard Airport in Massachusetts can be seen in a video provided to Fox News Digital.
The governor’s communications director, Taryn Fenske, told Fox News Digital that the two planes that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program for illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.
“Incentivizing illegal immigration through the designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and supporting open border policies will help states like Massachusetts, New York, and California better care for these individuals who they have invited into our country,” she said.
“During this past legislative session, the Florida legislature appropriated $12 million to facilitate the transportation of illegal immigrants from this state in accordance with federal law,” she said.
The office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker responded to the planes arrival, saying simply that they were aware of the situation and plans were in place to house the migrants.
The Baker-Polito Administration is in touch with local officials regarding the arrival of migrants on Martha’s Vineyard, wrote Terry MacCormack, Baker’s press secretary. The Administration will continue to support the efforts of local officials to provide short-term shelter services.
Florida’s budget approved by the state legislature included $12 million for the Florida Department of Transportation to remove illegal immigrants from the state and relocate them.
In 2019, former President Barack Obama bought a multimillion-dollar house on Martha’s Vineyard, a playground of rich progressives.
The Republican governor proposed Delaware and Martha’s Vineyard as possible destinations for these migrants, but his office explained at the time that they could also be sent to “other ‘progressive’ states whose governors endorse blatant immigration law violations.”
Thousands of illegal immigrants were sent to Washington, D.C., by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, in April as the migrant crisis overwhelmed border states. Buses from Texas began to travel to New York City and Chicago in August. Arizona also sends buses to Washington.
This week, Vice President Kamala Harris sparked a firestorm after she twice declared the U.S. border is “secure” since President Biden appointed her to address the border crisis shortly after they assumed office in 2021. According to administration officials, 55,000 illegal immigrants are able to get into the country without being detained each month, which is considered a “gotaway” each month.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Florida Flies 2 Planeloads of Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard The New York Times
- Ron DeSantis sends two planes of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard Fox News
- 50 migrants relocated to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis CBS Boston
- Dozens of migrants arrive on Martha’s Vineyard via charter flights WCVB Boston
- Kari Lake ‘not a fan’ of Ron DeSantis sending undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard Florida Politics