The Florida legislature paved the way for Governor Ron DeSantis to pick up and transport illegal immigrants from anywhere in the country and drop them off in sanctuary locations, a big win for the popular leader who is rumored to be mulling a 2024 presidential run.
On Friday, lawmakers capped off a five-day special session by approving a bill setting aside $10 million for the program, voting 77-34 in favor of SB-6B to create the Unauthorized Alien Transport Program for migrants that have already been processed by the federal government. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk with him expected to sign it.
The bill’s passage comes after DeSantis infuriated leftists last September by transporting two planeloads of illegals to Martha’s Vineyard, the tony island vacation paradise that is a haven for the cultural elite and high-rolling Democratic Party donors, an exclusive location where former President Barack Obama owns a sprawling waterfront mansion and is treated like royalty by the wealthy locals.
“The federal government has not only failed but refused to take any action to deal with the over 200% increase in encounters at the border,” said Republican State Sen. Blaise Ingoglia who sponsored the bill in the Florida Senate. “In fact, this administration has taken steps to make the problem worse. The state of Florida is not, and never will be, a sanctuary state. It’s time for those sanctuary cities to put their money where their mouth is.”
“I wish that we were not here to have to address this specific issue,” said GOP Rep. John Snyder, a sponsor of the legislation. “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen out of Washington, D.C, under President Joe Biden is a complete failure to uphold the rule of law and to enforce our borders.”
As could be expected, it was all sour grapes from Democrats, a minority party in the Sunshine State who have seen their numbers increasingly rolled back as a reaction to their fanatical “woke” ideology.
“What we are seeing with most of our Republican colleagues is that they don’t really care about accountability,” griped Rep. Dotie Joseph of Miami. “They want to give the governor a carte blanche to do whatever it is that he wants to do, regardless of legality, constitutionality or otherwise.”
Once DeSantis signs the bill, it could set off a state of panic in Martha’s Vineyard and other enclaves of liberal elitists who, for all of their sanctimonious rhetoric championing open borders and illegal immigration, don’t really want the black and brown refugees in their own backyards.
Faced with the choice of either practicing what they preached by welcoming the migrants sent by DeSantis with open arms or exposing themselves to be complete hypocrites, the political leaders of the posh Massachusetts resort called in the National Guard to pack the new arrivals onto buses and transported OFF of their very special island.
HAPPENING NOW: Migrants, flown into Martha’s Vineyard by Fl’s governor, are boarding buses. They’ll be heading to Joint Base Cape Cod, according to officials. 125 Mass National Guard members are being activated to assist. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/RLwxNPu8GM
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaNBC) September 16, 2022
Buses have arrived in Edgartown to transport migrants from St. Andrew’s Parish House.
There is one big bus and two shorter buses to transport folks off the island. People with bags are taking selfies and hugging volunteers goodbye pic.twitter.com/wuauiZM4Y3
— Samantha J. Gross (@samanthajgross) September 16, 2022
“The state of Florida is currently in a state of emergency because of the ineptness and the incompetence of the federal government when it comes to immigration policy,” Ingoglia said during a committee hearing on the bill earlier in the week. “In fact, I would say that someone should declare the federal government itself its own disaster area.”
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