A spokeswoman for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that once the Sunshine State has finished repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Ian, he plans to resume sending migrants to Democratic strongholds.
According to documents made available to the public on Friday, there were two charter flights planned for before October 3—one to Delaware and the other to Illinois.
DeSantis Communications Director Taryn Fenske told The Associated Press that they were postponed after Ian struck at the end of the month.
Fenske sent an email on Saturday, writing, “While Florida has had all hands on deck responding to our catastrophic hurricane, the immigration relocation program remains active.”
Democrats were outraged when DeSantis flew roughly 50 migrants without warning to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on September 14.
The island is a popular destination for left-leaning celebrities and prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, who purchased an estate on the Edgartown Great Pond for $11.75 million in 2019. This year, the Florida Legislature approved spending $12 million to move illegal immigrants from Florida to other states.
The flights to Martha’s Vineyard took off from Texas but made a pit stop in Florida along the way.
According to the records that have been made public by the Florida Department of Transportation, DeSantis paid Vertol Systems Co. of Destin, Fla., $950,000 to arrange the subsequent flights.
According to the documents, the company even sent a worker to Tallahassee, the state capital, to retrieve the full amount of the check after state officials failed to obtain the necessary paperwork for direct deposit.
Vetrol extended the deadline for the trips to take place to December 1 following the postponement.
The White House acknowledged on September 20 that it had “received word” that President Biden’s $2.7 million vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, would be the destination for a planeload of migrants sent by DeSantis.Biden even made the sarcastic request that DeSantis “come visit,” adding,Our shoreline is stunning.
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