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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew 2 planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard!

Tallahassee, Florida – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating a tactic of Florida governors to draw attention to what they see as the Biden administration’s failed border policies.

The flights to Massachusetts’ upscale island enclave were part of an effort “to move illegal immigrants to sheltered destinations,” said Taryn Finsky, DeSantis’ director of communications.

While DeSantis’ office has not clarified their legal status, many immigrants who cross the border illegally from Mexico are temporarily protected from deportation after being released by US authorities to seek asylum in immigration court – as permitted under US law and international treaty – Or released on humanitarian terms.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, said he has been in contact with local officials and that short-term shelter has been provided.

State Representative Dylan Fernandez, who represents Martha’s Vineyard, wrote on Twitter: “Our island got to work putting together 50 beds, giving everyone a good meal, providing a play area for the kids, making sure people get the health care and support they need. We are a community coming together to support immigrants.”

Immigrants gather with their belongings outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Wednesday, September 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard.

Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via The Associated Press

Texas Governor Greg Abbott began moving thousands of immigrants to Washington in April, and recently added New York and Chicago as destinations. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has been moving immigrants to Washington since May. Passengers must sign waivers that the free flights are voluntary.

DeSantis, who has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, appears to be taking strategy to a new level with planes and choosing Martha’s Vineyard, whose cities of about 15,000 people are far less prepared than New York or Washington for large influxes. of immigrants.

The move is likely to please DeSantis’ supporters, who scoff at Democratic-led “sanctuary” cities that are friendly to immigrants and anger critics who say he is using immigrants as tools for political gain.

Vinsky said the Florida legislature has allocated $12 million to relocate “illegal immigrants” from the state in accordance with federal law.

“States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will make it easier to better care for these individuals who have called into our country by stimulating illegal immigration by designating them as ‘safe haven states’ and supporting the Biden administration’s policies for open borders,” Vinsky said. .

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