DeSantis sends migrant flights to Martha's Vineyard, says Florida is not a sanctuary state
Gov. Ron DeSantis charged the Biden administration for refusing "to lift a finger" in securing the U.S. border with Mexico in defending his decision to fly planes carrying migrants on Wednesday to Martha's Vineyard.
Declaring that Florida is not a sanctuary state, DeSantis said during a news conference Thursday morning that leaders have worked on "innovative ways" to shield the state from President Joe Biden's border policies.
One was using a portion of the state's latest budget that included $12 million to establish a program within the Department of Transportation to "facilitate the transport" of undocumented persons out of Florida.
"If you have folks that are inclined to think Florida is a good place, our message to them is we are not a sanctuary state, and it's better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction and, yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures," said DeSantis, responding to a reporter's question.