Florida governor Ron DeSantis has reiterated his position that there’s no space for migrants in the state, and he’s ready to exhaust the $12m budget for relocating migrants from the state.
There’s a budget for that?
Yes, there’s a provision for $12m in the state’s 2022 budget for transporting “unauthorized aliens”. On Friday, DeSantis disclosed his intention to use “every penny” of the allocated funds. “These are just the beginning efforts. We’ve got an infrastructure in place now. There’s going to be a lot more that’s happening”, the Republican governor said at a news conference in Daytona Beach, where he disclosed that the state has deployed officials to Texas to prevent migrants intending to cross to Florida from doing so.
Where is he sending the migrants to?
Illegal immigrants are being sent to states controlled by Democrats, designated as sanctuary states. To highlight the record influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border, a situation that has overwhelmed many border towns, DeSantis recently sent two planes carrying 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a summer vacation spot in Massachusetts that is popular among wealthy elites, and where president Biden got a majority of the votes in 2020. “We’re continuing to use every tool at our disposal to insulate the state of Florida from the negative ramifications of his [Biden] reckless border policies”, DeSantis said in response to criticism from the president.
The influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border has sharply divided Americans and is set to be a major factor in the midterm elections in November. “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,” DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said in defense of Florida’s anti-immigrant policy.