DeSantis flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard is the evilest version of a GOP game
Unlike New York City or D.C., the island is isolated. It's not easy to jump on public trasportation and leave, making it more difficult for a marginalized community.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unexpectedly sent two planes carrying mostly Venezuelan immigrants, including children, to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.
It’s the most sadistic iteration of a scheme preferred by governors of Republican states: dumping migrants on northern progressive cities as a political stunt against President Joe Biden’s immigration policy.
Republican governors have been doing this as a way to protest what they claim are insufficient federal efforts to ensure security on the southern border. It is cynical point-scoring against people they see as woke liberals being soft on immigration — a “gotcha” moment.
Pictures of migrants holding bags with their few belongings and clutching their exhausted children, and the frazzled residents trying to help them, were precisely what DeSantis intended.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bused migrants out of Texas this year to cities with Democratic mayors — he has sent more than 10,000 migrants to liberal enclaves. On Thursday, Abbot sent two buses of migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border and dropped them off near Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in Washington, D.C. He tweeted that he sent the buses to Harris’ backyard “to call on the Biden Administration to do its job & secure the border.” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has also adopted this policy, busing more than 1,800 migrants to Washington.