DeSantis Defends Sending About 50 Illegal Immigrants on Flights to Martha’s Vineyard

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“All those people in D.C. and New York were beating their chest when Trump was president, saying they were so proud to be sanctuary jurisdictions, saying how bad it was to have a secure border,” DeSantis continued. “The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, they all of the sudden go berserk and they’re so upset that this is happening.”

“And it just shows you their virtue signaling is a fraud. They are supporting policies that are just frankly indefensible,” DeSantis added.

The arrival of illegal immigrants has sparked an outcry from some government officials in the Martha’s Vineyard area. Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), who represents Massachusetts’ 9th Congressional District which encompasses the Vineyard, took to Twitter to accuse DeSantis of turning “human beings into political pawns.”

Massachusetts state Rep. Dylan Fernandes, a Democrat who represents areas that include the Vineyard, wrote on Twitter that DeSantis’s actions were “depraved,” and the Florida governor was trying to “gain cheap political points.”

“One of the reasons why we want to transport [is] because, obviously, it’s expensive if people are coming here. It taxes social services and all these other things,” DeSantis said.

He added: “Every community in America should be sharing in the burdens. It shouldn’t all fall on a handful of red states.”

Aliens and Drugs

DeSantis said Biden is at fault for the massive influx of aliens at the U.S.–Mexico border.

“We take what is happening at the southern border very seriously, unlike some, and unlike the president of the United States, who has refused to lift a finger to secure that border,” DeSantis said. “You’ve had millions and millions of people pouring across illegally, [and] record amount of fentanyl coming into our country. It is absolutely killing Americans in record numbers.”

“Just the sheer number of people, it’s not the way you run a country,” DeSantis added.

In a report published in August, the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that some 4.9 million illegal aliens crossed the border under Biden’s first 18 months in office.

By Frank Fang

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