EXCLUSIVE: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis kept his promise to drop off illegal immigrants in progressive states, sending two planes full of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.
Video provided to Fox News Digital shows migrants disembarking planes at Martha’s Vineyard Airport in Massachusetts.
“Yes, Florida can confirm that the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived at Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” the Director of Sanctuary said. Communications from Governor Taryn Fenske to Fox News Digital.
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“States like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate the care of these people they have invited to our country by encouraging illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and by supporting the policies of open borders of the Biden administration,” she said.
“As you may be aware, during the last legislative session, the Florida Legislature appropriated $12 million to implement a program to facilitate the transportation of illegal immigrants from that state, in accordance federal law,” she added.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s office responded to an after-hours email from Fox News Digital, saying it was aware of the situation and that arrivals were being provided with short-term shelter. .
“The Baker-Polito administration is in contact with local officials regarding the arrival of migrants at Martha’s Vineyard,” Baker’s press secretary Terry MacCormack wrote. “At this time, short-term accommodation services are being provided by local officials, and the administration will continue to support these efforts.”
Fox News Digital reported in April that Florida’s budget since approved by the state legislature included $12 million for the Florida Department of Transportation to remove illegal immigrants from the state and relocate them.
Martha’s Vineyard is known as the playground of wealthy progressives, including former President Barack Obama, who bought a multimillion-dollar home there in 2019.
DeSantis, a Republican, offered Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard as a destination for these migrants, but his office explained at the time that they could also be sent “to other ‘progressive’ states whose governors approve of gross violations. federal immigration law.
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“It is not Floridians’ responsibility to subsidize foreigners to reside illegally in our state; we did not consent to Biden’s open borders agenda,” the governor’s office said at the time.
In November, DeSantis said dozens of migrant flights landed in Florida at the request of the Biden administration, and he then threatened to send them to Delaware on buses.
Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, began sending thousands of illegal immigrants to Washington, DC, in April as the migrant crisis overwhelmed border states. In August, buses from Texas began heading to New York and Chicago. Arizona also sent buses to Washington.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who was tasked with tackling the border crisis by President Biden shortly after they took office in 2021, sparked a firestorm this week after twice saying the US southern border was “secure” while administration officials estimate an average of 55,000 so-called “getaways” each month – illegal immigrants who manage to enter the country without being detained.
Fox News’ Kyle Morris, Adam Shaw, Jon Brown and Matteo Cina contributed to this report.