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Using Taxpayer Dollars, DeSantis Sends 50 Migrants to Massachusetts

Photo courtesy of Massachusetts State Representative Dylan Fernandes.

Two planes full of 50 migrants landed in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts on Wednesday at the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis. The mission was funded by $12 million of taxpayer money set aside for such a goal in the 2022-23 state budget.

Massachusetts was selected as destination for the migrants on the basis that it’s a ‘sanctuary state’, or a state that offers more protections for undocumented immigrants than others. The migrants are currently being kept in a local church shelter while local authorities determine a next step.


Some who got on the planes said they were told it would be a very different operation than what it was. A report from NPR states that a woman who introduced herself as ‘Perla’ told the migrants they’d be taken to Boston to receive expedited work papers. The flight started in San Antonio, TX, made stops in Florida and South Carolina, and then arrived in Martha’s Vineyard.

“We’re here now and there’s nothing we can do,” said one of the migrants. It matches a sentiment expressed by several of them who’ve been interviewed by major media outlets that felt they were not given what they were promised by the facilitators of the flight. “She offered us help,” another migrant said of the woman who approached them. “Help that never arrived.”

For DeSantis, it’s a demonstration against the immigration policies of President Joe Biden and Democratic governors across Florida. Texas Governor Greg Abott said he wasn’t involved in DeSantis’s plan, but he executed a similar plan today in which two busloads of migrants were delivered to the Washington D.C. residence of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Though Central Americans account for 45% of Florida’s undocumented immigrant population, none of the 50 who DeSantis selected for the $12 million expenditure were ever residents of the Sunshine State. Statewide Democrats have likened the trip to a cattle run, and said that DeSantis had taken steps to dehumanize the migrants for political points.

“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,” DeSantis said in defense of the decision. He went on to assert that Republican states bear an disproportionate share of the responsibility in receiving and caring for migrants from other countries.

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Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.



  1. Greg Lovekamp

    September 15, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Ridiculous waste of money spent ONLY as a political gesture to promote DeSantis. This benefits Florida citizens in absolutely no way.

  2. TR

    September 16, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Good idea, put the illegals in the democratic area being the left are the ones allowing them to all come here. The benefit is that it removes them from Fl. so they can not take away from the legal citizens of Fl. that deserve those benefits. It also doesn’t use up tax payers money to support them for many years to come that will cost a lot more than the 50k it took them to get them out of here. Besides the money was already set aside to be used for this purpose according the the first paragraph of the article.

    • Tom H

      September 16, 2022 at 8:38 am

      They should put most of Ron’s supporters on a plane and take them to Wyoming or something. Those ‘illegals’ are often hardworking people who appreciate their opportunities, while DeSantis folk are some of the most vile, depraved people in Florida

      • TR

        September 17, 2022 at 12:42 pm

        I think that anyone who agrees that it’s a good idea to allow the illegals to enter this country illegally should take a few of them and let them live with you. You pay out of your pocket for everything they need. So how many should Gov. DeSantis should send to your house?

        Statistics show that most illegals that come her illegally only take from our broken system and live sometimes better than an American citizen who works their butt off to support their families.

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