DeSantis sends planeloads of migrants to liberal enclave Massachusetts island Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is known for being a destination for many wealthy progressives.

Published: September 15, 2022 7:15am

Updated: September 15, 2022 11:05am

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis sent two planes of illegal migrants to Martha's Vineyard that landed on the exclusive island off Massachusetts on Wednesday evening. 

The governor's office says the flights are part of the state's "relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations," according to Fox News Digital.

The island is a popular vacation destination for wealthy, progressive Democrats including former President Barack Obama, who owns a multimillion-dollar home there.

Former Democrat Gov. Charlie Crist, who is challenging DeSantis this fall, called the $12 million program "just another political stunt that hurts our state."

DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw responded to Crist: "Oh, Charlie. You want millions of illegal aliens to collect public assistance and even go to our state universities on the taxpayer's dime. That would cost Floridians exponentially more money than a few flights."

When DeSantis' office first announced the relocation program in April, it said migrants may be sent to other destinations. 

"It is not the responsibility of Floridians to subsidize aliens to reside in our state unlawfully; we did not consent to Biden's open-borders agenda," the governor's office said.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, two migrant buses from Del Rio, Texas, arrived near Vice President Kamala Harris' Naval Observatory residence, Fox also reported. Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has been sending migrants to D.C., New York City and Chicago over the past several months in order to deal with record levels of illegal immigration.

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