https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/3643684-desantis-sends-migrants-to-marthas-vineyard/

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., on Wednesday, intensifying a fight in which high-profile GOP governors have been sending migrants to liberal enclaves.

A spokesperson for DeSantis, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2024, confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that the migrants were flown on two charted planes. 

“Yes, Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske told the media outlet. 

DeSantis has been shipping migrants to sanctuary cities or states that limit their cooperation with federal authorities enforcing immigration laws, including through deportment.

About 50 Venezuelan migrants, some of whom are children, reportedly were flown to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times.  

The island is just off Cape Cod and is a popular summer vacation areas frequented by a number of Democratic power players, including former President Obama.

Fenske told Fox News that states like Massachusetts, New York, and California are better suited to take care of the migrants through their designation as “sanctuary states,” noting their support for the Biden administration’s open border policies. 

“As you may know, in this past legislative session the Florida legislature appropriated $12 million to implement a program to facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants from this state consistent with federal law,” Fenske told Fox News. 

Massachusetts State Sen. Julian Cyr (D) said the flights came to the island via Texas. Local emergency management services have called the situation “an unexpected urgent humanitarian situation.”   

Massachusetts State Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D) said that many of the migrants don’t know where they are. 

“They say they were told they would be given housing and jobs. Islanders [were] given no notice but are coming together as a community to support them,” Fernandes wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

“Republicans who call themselves Christians have been plotting for some time to use human lives – men, women, and children – as a political pawns. It is evil and inhumane,” Fernandes added

In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said that they are aware of the situation and have provided Martha Vineyard officials with short-term shelter service as well. 

DeSantis and fellow GOP Govs. Greg Abbott (Texas) and Doug Ducey (Ariz.) have been sending migrants to northern, Democratic-run cities in protest of Biden’s efforts to end Title 42,  a Trump-era policy that blocked migrants from seeking asylum. 

DeSantis had last year proposed a program to transport migrants out of Florida by contracting with private companies and named Martha’s Vineyard as a potential destination, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

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