DeSantis: Migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard ‘clearly voluntary’


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said late Monday that the flights he chartered for migrants to Martha’s Vineyard were “clearly voluntary.”

“It was obviously voluntary, and all the other bullshit you hear is just not true,” DeSantis told UKTN News’ Sean Hannity. “And why wouldn’t they want to go, given where they were?”

DeSantis said all migrants who flew to Martha’s Vineyard last week signed consent forms and were given cards and numbers for various services in the area.

The Florida governor has been accused of recruiting a group of nearly 50 migrants under false pretenses when he chartered two flights from Texas to the island of Massachusetts late Wednesday.

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The Bexar County, Texas sheriff opened an investigation Monday into DeSantis’ transportation of migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard. According to the sheriff, one migrant was paid to recruit the others, who were promised work and other benefits.

However, DeSantis has denied the charges, claiming the migrants were willing to leave after being “abandoned, homeless and ‘left to their own devices'” in Texas, his spokesman previously told The Hill.

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“They were in a really, really bad shape,” DeSantis said on Hannity’s show. “There are jobs available in Martha’s Vineyard. Accommodation is available in Martha’s Vineyard. If they had lived up to what they consider themselves to be a sanctuary jurisdiction, they could have taken those people in without a hitch.”

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DeSantis’ flights to Martha’s Vineyard seemed like his first attempt to transport migrants to Democrat-run cities in protest of President Biden’s immigration policies. He joins two other Republican governors from southern border states — Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) — who have been transporting migrants for several months.

In all, the three governors have sent nearly 13,000 migrants to Washington DC, New York City, Chicago and Martha’s Vineyard since April.



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