June 14, 2024

United States: DeSantis: Keep moving immigrants to other parts of America

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DeSantis: Keep moving immigrants to other parts of America

People who fled their Latin American homeland stand in front of the church on Martha’s Vineyard. Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, took him there. Photograph

© Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette/dpa

Controversy over US immigration policy comes to a head. Republican governors are using a tactic heavily criticized by President Joe Biden’s administration.

Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, wants to further exploit immigrants with high-profile operations for political purposes. He announced that he will continue to build people in democratic areas of the country. “There will be buses, and more flights,” De Santis said. “We want to make sure that taxpayers (in Florida) don’t have to pay for the tens of thousands or thousands of people who enter the country illegally. This is the best way to do it.”

DeSantis airlifted several dozen migrants to Martha’s Vineyard Island in Massachusetts on Wednesday undeclared. It is called a luxury resort. Migrants flew to the island from the US state of Texas via Florida – DeSantis said voluntarily. He said they were chosen because they originally wanted to come to Florida from Texas. If they come to Florida, it will come at a high cost to communities, he said. “We try to avoid that.”

Immigrants do not receive any information on their own

US media reported that many of the migrants had no idea where they were actually being taken. Many of them were eventually transported to the Cape Cod military base on Friday. There they will be accommodated in hostels and provided with food. They are mostly from Venezuela. The country has been mired in severe political and economic crisis for years. About six million Venezuelans have fled their homeland.

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The US government strongly criticized the practice and described it as “inhumane”. “This is a tactic used by traffickers in countries like Mexico and Guatemala,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said. Other Republican governors have also sent large numbers of immigrants to Democratic parts of the country in recent months.

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