Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent two full planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday — making good on his promise to ship off illegal immigrants to progressive states.
The migrants got off the planes from Florida and could be seen on the tarmac at Martha’s Vineyard Airport on the small Massachusetts island, Fox News Digital reported.
A spokesperson for the Republican governor confirmed in a statement to the outlet that the flights were “part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.”
“States like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden administration’s open border policies,” said Taryn Fenske, the governor’s communication director.
Florida’s state legislators appropriated $12 million from the state budget for the Florida Department of Transportation to implement the immigrant relocation program in April.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s office said the arrivals to Martha’s Vineyard were provided short-term shelter, Fox reported.
“The Baker-Polito Administration is in touch with local officials regarding the arrival of migrants in Martha’s Vineyard,” Terry MacCormack, Baker’s press secretary, wrote in a statement to the outlet. “At this time, short-term shelter services are being provided by local officials, and the Administration will continue to support those efforts.”
The Vineyard is a popular vacation destination beloved by progressive celebrities and politicians like former President Barack Obama, who owns a multimillion-dollar home on the island.
DeSantis had proposed Martha’s Vineyard or Delaware as possible destinations for individuals removed from his state through the immigrant relocation program.
“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 at the time of the program’s launch.
DeSantis is not the only Republican governor to send off migrants to progressive parts of the country.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been shipping thousands of people who entered the U.S. illegally to Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago. Arizona has also sent busloads of migrants to Washington.