NBC deletes tweet with immigration activist's quote comparing illegal migrants to 'trash'

The immigration activist said DeSantis sending a plane to Martha's Vineyard is like "taking my trash out and just driving to different areas."

Updated: September 18, 2022 - 4:01pm

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NBC News was criticized after tweeting a quote from an immigration activist who compared the illegal migrants sent by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to "trash."

The since-deleted tweet included a link to a story titled, "DeSantis sending asylum-seekers to Martha's Vineyard divides Venezuelan Americans." The post stated: "Florida Gov. DeSantis sending asylum-seekers to Martha's Vineyard is like 'me taking my trash out and just driving to different areas where I live and just throwing my trash there,' a founding member of a foundation which helps refugees says."

Venezuelan American Max Lefeld, a founder of the nonprofit refugee assistance organization Casa Venezuela Dallas, said the controversial remark to NBC in an article published Friday after DeSantis sent two planes of illegal migrants to the liberal enclave of Martha's Vineyard last week.

"Jill Biden compares Hispanics to breakfast tacos and the extremists democrats, who make money from the suffering of illegal immigrants, compare migrants to 'trash,'" former Ohio Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno tweeted. 

"After realizing this tweet made their political allies look horrific, NBC News deleted it," the Federalist Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway said.

Conservative commentator Sebastian Gorka asked NBC why the post was deleted, following up: "Have you changed your mind that Illegals are 'trash?'"

Commenting on the quote published by NBC, DeSantis campaign official Christina Pushaw said: "Love it when liberals show us who they really are."

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