Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) caused quite a stir and exposed the hypocrisy of Democrats and the media when he facilitated the transportation of around 50 illegal migrants to the ultra-wealthy and overwhelmingly liberal Massachusetts “sanctuary city” enclave of Martha’s Vineyard.
In response to the outrage expressed by left-leaning politicians and pundits, DeSantis said in a speech that “it just shows you that their virtue-signaling is a fraud,” Fox News reported.
Democratic “virtue-signaling” on sanctuary status is exposed as “fraud”
Gov. DeSantis was in Niceville, Florida on Thursday morning to announce an expansion of the state-funded commercial drivers’ license training program, but also took some time to address the reaction from Democrats and the liberal media to his decision to transport a planeload of around 50 illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
“If you have folks who are inclined to think Florida is a good place [to settle], our message to them is we are not a sanctuary state, and it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction,” DeSantis said. “And yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures.”
He pointed out that President Joe Biden’s administration had been similarly transporting illegal migrants on late-night flights to “dump them all across this country” without any advance warning before he shifted his attention to everyone on the left who had been proudly “beating their chests” about being a welcoming “sanctuary” haven for illegal migrants during former President Donald Trump’s administration.
“The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, they go berserk, and they’re so upset that this is happening,” DeSantis added. “And it just shows you that their virtue-signaling is a fraud.”
In Florida, we take what is happening at the southern border seriously.
We are not a sanctuary state, and we will gladly facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions. pic.twitter.com/YeEbMzy8yG
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 15, 2022
Calling out Biden directly
Later in the day, during an event in Daytona Beach to unveil a $30 million workforce education initiative, Gov. DeSantis again addressed the rather telling emergency reaction of Democrats and President Biden to the migrants shuttled to Martha’s Vineyard in comparison to the decided lack of urgency with regard to numerous other very real problems associated with illegal immigration and the administration’s policies for the southern border.
“I also was a little bit perplexed when I saw — heard that the president is scrambling to get his Cabinet together to try to address the fact that you have governors who are helping to relocate illegal aliens to sanctuary cities,” DeSantis said about the efforts of himself as well as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R).
However, he continued, Biden “didn’t scramble to get his Cabinet together” in response to millions of migrants illegally crossing the border, or when 53 smuggled migrants were found dead in a semi-trailer in Texas, or when criminal aliens victimize American citizens, or to address the record number of fentanyl overdose deaths.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 16, 2022
“It is only when you have 50 illegal aliens end up in a very wealthy, rich sanctuary enclave that he decides to scramble on this,” the Republican governor added of the Democratic president. “So I think what we are continuing to do is use every tool at our disposal to insulate the state of Florida from the negative ramifications of his reckless border policies.”