Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is claiming credit for sending two planes carrying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts Wednesday, according to a statement emailed to CNN by his office.
“Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” the statement said.
“States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies.”
The New York Times reports:
The migrant group, which included children, arrived on two planes around 3 p.m. without any warning, said State Senator Julian Cyr, a Massachusetts Democrat representing Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Officials and volunteers from the island’s six towns “really moved heaven and earth to essentially set up the response that we would do in the event of a hurricane,” he said.
As the migrants received Covid-19 tests, food and clothing, there was confusion on the ground about who had sent them to Martha’s Vineyard, a popular getaway for the moneyed and powerful. One of the migrants, who asked to be identified only as Leonel, said in Spanish that the people of Martha’s Vineyard were generous and that he “had never seen anything like it.” They gave him a pair of shoes.
“We have the governor of Florida … hatching a secret plot to send immigrant families like cattle on an airplane,” said state Sen. Dylan Fernandes, who represents Martha’s Vineyard.
“Ship them women and children to a place they weren’t told where they were going and never alerted local officials and people on the ground here that they were coming. It is an incredibly inhumane and depraved thing to do.”
The migrants said a woman they identified as “Perla” approached them outside the San Antonio shelter and lured them into boarding the plane, saying they would be flown to Boston where they could get expedited work papers. The migrants said Perla was still trying to recruit more passengers just hours before their flight.
Our island jumped into action putting together 50 beds, giving everyone a good meal, providing a play area for the children, making sure people have the healthcare and support they need. We are a community that comes together to support immigrants. pic.twitter.com/kG5bglhbLe
— Dylan Fernandes (@RepDylan) September 15, 2022
Almost certainly the summer people who were on the vineyard are gone by now, and this falls on the unfailingly kind people who live in a remote place year round. DeSantis waited until after Labor Day so he could get the headline but not discomfit his donors and his lawyers.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 15, 2022
Mike Pompeo getting a laugh in over Desantis’s stunt flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard today. pic.twitter.com/ydu8jmwD1q
— Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) September 15, 2022
The supposedly godless, east coast heathens of Martha’s Vineyard demonstrated more of Christ’s grace and love in welcoming refugees with open arms than the supposedly Christ-loving Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida could ever hope to do.
— Charlotte Clymer ?️⚧️?? (@cmclymer) September 15, 2022
“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”
– Ezekiel 16:49
Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott are sodomites. https://t.co/8IJB8Y7dCd
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 15, 2022
Ron DeSantis brags about handing out Biden bucks to firefighters and has the tax money to spend on a charter jet to send Venezuelan immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
So why the hell won’t he just help these immigrants fleeing socialism right here in Florida?!?!?
— Grant Stern is boosted! (@grantstern) September 15, 2022
When Florida used immigrants as pawns, Martha’s Vineyard treated them like human beings.
Because that’s the difference between DeSantis and liberals. pic.twitter.com/ARZshL9jrG
— Trending Liberal (@TrendingLiberal) September 15, 2022