Planes, buses carrying migrants were sent to Martha’s Vineyard and Washington.
Controversy over sending migrants to sanctuary cities reignites immigration debate
Buses and planes filled with migrants sent by Florida Gov. Ron Desantis arrived at Martha’s Vineyard earlier this week.
Political fallout continued Friday as Democrats and Republicans sounded off about the transportation of migrants from border states to cities and areas run by Democrats.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, both Republicans, escalated their months-long effort to push migrants to Democratic areas by sending approximately 100 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard and near Vice President Kamala Harris’s Washington residence.
Republicans are cheering the move while President Joe Biden and Democrats condemn it as a heartless political stunt.
The feud underscores the political headache immigration poses for the Biden administration this midterm election cycle amid an influx of asylum seekers.
“All we’re trying to do is offer transport to sanctuary jurisdictions, free to the alien, but certainly not mandatory,” DeSantis said at a press conference on Friday. “And that way they’re able to go and these sanctuary jurisdictions can put their money where their mouth is.”