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DeSantis Admits Mass Migration Not Really A Big Problem In Florida Right Now

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis(R) provided more insight Tuesday into why he spent hundreds of thousands of government taxpayer money chartering private flights to take migrants to countries hundreds of miles away.

Recently, the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona published a strategy to raise awareness of the increase in the number of people crossing the southern border of the United States by moving them to cities run by their political opponents. Last week, DeSantis joined in, claiming credit for two flights from San Antonio to Tony Island on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Among the many legal and ethical questions DeSantis raised with his ploy was a simple logistical one: Why didn’t he start with immigrants in his country?

“The problem is we don’t see mass movement of them in Florida so you end up with one car, maybe two,” DeSantis told reporters at a news conference.

“It’s coming in onesie, in the ’30s,” he said.

DeSantis appears to be seeking to dissuade immigrants from thinking they can settle in his state, saying that his administration “did a lot of intelligence” on the matter and found that 30% to 40% of people trying to cross the southern border of the United States want to end up in Florida.

“So we have to go and find out, well, who these potential people are? And if you can do that at source and switch to jurisdictions, the chance of them ending up in Florida is going to be much lower,” DeSantis said.

Last Wednesday, about 50 migrants – mostly from Venezuela – were left to fend for themselves upon arrival at Martha’s Vineyard, as no one at the DeSantis camp had reported the plan to local authorities.

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Authorities in Delaware spent most of Tuesday preparing for the possibility that DeSantis would send another load of immigrants there. Flight tracking websites indicated that planes that took off from San Antonio last week were planning a similar route to a small airport near President Joe Biden’s home, but the flights did not take off as scheduled.

Immigrants brought to Martha’s Vineyard filed a class action lawsuit against DeSantis and his administration on Tuesday, after reports that they were intentionally misled about their travel conditions.

While the Florida governor has been widely criticized for his inhumane treatment of immigrants, he has won a lot of support in his party.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced his approval of the idea of ​​moving immigrants to northern cities.

“Personally, I thought it was a good idea,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday, saying, “If you add in all the illegals that have been flown into Chicago or Washington or Martha’s Vineyard, there are fewer people in Texas to deal with on a daily basis.” .

The sudden rise in immigration along the Mexico border came after years of political and economic instability in countries across Central and South America. People crossing into the southern border states either wish to apply for asylum protection or remain in the country illegally to live and work in relative safety.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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