A stubborn Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized the Biden administration for treating migrants “horribly” and asserted that sanctuary towns must “feel the burden” of the open border policy. DeSantis was faced with a class-action lawsuit for transporting about 50 Venezuelans to Martha’s Vineyard.
“[President] Biden is treating those migrants inhumanely. They had no opportunities at all; they were homeless and hungry, the Republican governor stated at a news conference on Tuesday in Bradenton, Florida.
We believe that the border should be protected, that policies like “Remain in Mexico” should be reinstated, and that individuals should be allowed to stay in their homes in Mexico. As such, we offered to transport people to sanctuary jurisdictions as a volunteer.
The migrants, the suit contends, were duped into boarding planes in Texas with promises of jobs, gift cards and without being fully informed of their final destination.
“No human being should be used as a political pawn,” said Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights, the organization that filed the suit in Boston federal court.
DeSantis questioned where the outrage is when migrants are being abused by the cartels, when migrants drown in the Rio Grande, when 50 migrants are found dead in an abandoned sweltering truck, or when huge amounts of fentanyl are being smuggled across the border.
“The only thing I hear them getting upset about is you have 50 that ended up in Martha’s Vineyard, then they get really upset,” he said.
DeSantis also faulted the residents of Martha’s Vineyard for their treatment of the migrants.
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“They were provided an ability to be in the most posh sanctuary jurisdiction maybe in the world,” he said. “Martha’s Vineyard people deported them the next day.”
“They could’ve absorbed this. They chose not to. But what it shows is if 50 was a burden on one of the richest places in our country, what about all these other communities that have been overrun with hundreds or thousands?”
DeSantis also shot back at critics who decried his actions as a political stunt.
“The biggest stunt was Biden coming in as president and reversing [President Donald] Trump’s policies just so he could virtue-signal that he was against Trump,” the governor said. “It didn’t matter that the policy had worked.”