Migrant news live: DeSantis suggests more flights to come as he defends Martha’s Vineyard stunt

‘Just Wrong’: White House Condemns Migrant Flight to Martha’s Vineyard

A group of migrants flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been transported from the island to a large shelter supported by government agencies in Cape Cod.

After spending two nights on the island, agencies are now coordinating “efforts between state and local officials to ensure access to food, shelter and essential services for these men, women and children,” according to the Massachusetts governor’s office. , Charlie Baker.

The governor also plans to activate up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard.

DeSantis has been criticized for arranging flights for 50 migrants, including families with children, most of whom initially fled Venezuela and arrived in Massachusetts unannounced.

He has championed the effort, promising that there will be “more and more” of a $12 million state-funded program that he has promised to “deplete.”

Immigration advocates and advocates have suggested that the governor facilitated their kidnapping. Officials are calling on the US Department of Justice to investigate, and federal officials are reportedly discussing “lawsuits” in response.

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Florida Democratic Lawmakers to Respond to DeSantis

The Florida House Democratic leadership will discuss plans for the state legislature to “stop” Governor Ron DeSantis’ inappropriate use of taxpayer money to transport people seeking asylum to other states.

“This use of public money is not intended or described in the law, nor is it what was discussed in the debate,” said a statement by MPs Evan Jenne and Fentrice Driskell.

Officials will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. EST Monday detailing next steps.

The governor has repeatedly defended his plan, part of a $12 million state budget line approved by lawmakers earlier this year to remove migrants from the state. His aides and campaign have also snapped at Democratic lawmakers who voted to support the state budget, including the program designed to remove “unauthorized aliens.”

State records show that the state paid an Oregon-based flight company more than $600,000 a week before two planes in Texas filled with mostly Venezuelan migrants, whose asylum applications were processed in Texas, and were sent to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday. the governor’s request.

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White House Press Secretary Loses Patience With Fox’s Repeated Question New Reporter On Migrants

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre ended Friday in a spirited exchange with Fox News correspondent Jacqui Heinrich, as Ms. Jean-Pierre spent a significant portion of the briefing discussing the Biden administration’s response to the Republican governors who use buses and planes to send asylum – seekers to Democrat-run jurisdictions to punish state and local leaders for not supporting tougher border policies.

The independentAndrew Feinberg reports from Washington:

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Migrant claims he was given $200 to recruit others to board planes

A 27-year-old Venezuelan migrant told the San Antonio Reportthat he was given $200 cash to recruit people from outside the San Antonio Migrant Resource Center to board a flight to Martha’s Vineyard.

He said a woman named “Perla” instructed him to identify migrants; he gave her the names of 10 migrants he met near the center.

“Perla told me that in those host states, the state has the benefits of helping migrants,” he told the outlet. “I’ve just been the mediator because I like helping people.”

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DeSantis claims migrants have signed ‘release’ as he promises ‘more and more’ flights and buses

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claims migrants signed release forms and received a “package” containing a map of Martha’s Vineyard before being put on planes from Texas to the island of Massachusetts.

He said migrants were “identified” as likely to come to Florida, where they “would impose a lot of costs on the community, so we’re trying to avoid that.”

The governor did not clarify how migrants in Texas were identified as heading to Florida, or why the state was further investigating cases in several states.

He said “a lot of things have gone into creating the infrastructure” to get migrants out of states.

“I have $12 million for us to use, so we’re going to use it,” he told reporters on Friday. “You will see more and more. I’m going to make sure we exhaust all those funds.”

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Don Jr Jokes About Violence Against Migrants In Instagram Post While Supporting DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard Stunt

The former president’s eldest son appeared to joke about violence against migrants arriving in the US, while criticizing progressive border policies by sharing a series of memes depicting scenes of migrants being attacked by border officials on the US southern border. .

“You know it’s coming,” he said in an Instagram post featuring a Photoshopped image of a border patrol agent on horseback chasing Haitian migrants seeking asylum along the US-Mexico border.

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DeSantis: ‘We’re going to spend every penny’ of $12 million to remove migrants from the state

To the applause and laughter of his supporters, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday defended renting planes to take a group of migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, claiming that the administration identified migrants planning to travel to Florida. .

His administration will “continue to use every means at our disposal to isolate the state of Florida from the negative effects of” [President Joe Biden’s] reckless border policy,” he said.

“This is a huge policy mistake by the President… which is wreaking havoc across the country.”

He said “there will likely be more flights,” subject to a $12 million state budget line that would allow the state to move migrants out of the state into so-called “sanctuary” states and cities.

“We do to spend every cent of that,” he said.

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Hillary Clinton Says DeSantis Sending Migrants To Martha’s Vineyard Is ‘Literally Human Trafficking’

Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told MSNBC’s Tomorrow Joe on Friday that migrants shipped out of states by Republican government leaders are being “profited” for the GOP’s political ends.

“You have set out the madness of the times we live in, where some politicians would rather not just have a problem, but actually exacerbate it into literal human trafficking,” she said.

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White House Condemns GOP Governors for Treating Immigrants ‘Like Cattle’

White House Attacks Greg Abbott And Ron DeSantis For Treating Migrants ‘Like Cattle’

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In comments from Washington on Thursday, President Biden shoots ‘un-American’ governors

Rather than work with his administration to address the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border and find adequate solutions to modernize the country’s immigration system, “Republicans are playing politics with people and using them as props.” President Biden said in remarks in Washington DC on Thursday evening.

“What they’re doing is just wrong. It’s un-American. It’s reckless,” he told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala.

“And we have a process to manage migrants at the border. We are working to make sure it is safe, orderly and humane,” he added. “Republican officials should not interfere in that process by…performing these political stunts. It is far too late for that.” the Senate Republicans to come to the table and provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, those on temporary status, farm workers and essential workers.”

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DeSantis faces critical media coverage in Florida after migrant bus transport

On the pages of Florida newspapers the Miami Herald and Orlando SentinelComments from lawyers and Venezuelans in Miami after Ron DeSantis arranged for 50 migrants, mostly from Venezuela, to be flown unannounced from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.

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