Ron DeSantis sends planes full of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is responsible for the two planes full of illegal immigrants that landed on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday, according to Fox News.

About 48 migrants landed at Martha’s Vineyard Airport on Wednesday afternoon, the Vineyard Gazette reported.

Although Gazette reported that the migrants came from Texas, DeSantis took credit for sending the migrants.

“Yes, Florida can confirm that the two flights of illegal immigrants that arrived on Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” Desantis Communications Director Taryn Fenske told Fox News.

“States like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals whom they have invited into our country by encouraging illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden administration’s open border policies,” Fenske said.

Fenske also referenced $12 million the Florida legislature had budgeted to remove illegal immigrants from the state.

“As you may know, the Florida Legislature appropriated $12 million this past legislative session to implement a program to facilitate the transportation of illegal immigrants from this state in accordance with federal law,” she added.

Martha’s Vineyard, a progressive playground where former President Barack Obama owns a $15 million home, has long been considered as a potential destination for migrants in DeSantis’ office, according to Fox News.

Fox News explained:

DeSantis, a Republican, suggested Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard as a destination for such migrants, but his office explained at the time that they could also be sent “to other ‘progressive’ states whose governors support flagrant violations of federal immigration law.”

The move to send nearly 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) bused thousands of illegal immigrants from his state to Washington, DC, in April.

“By busing migrants to Washington, DC, the Biden administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they allow to cross our border,” Abbot said at the time. “Texas should not have to bear the burden of the Biden administration’s failure to secure our border.”

The migrants who arrived on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday were primarily from Venezuela and Colombia.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Manager Beth Folcarelli was surprised when the migrants arrived with brochures about the community because it offers no refugee services.

“They brought folders with a brochure with our information,” Folcarelli said Vineyard Gazette. “We don’t have refugee services, I had no idea about any of this. I only found out because one of them gave me his folder. Imagine being let in here without knowing anyone. Absolutely none. It’s heartbreaking.”

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him further Twitter.

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