Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends 2 planes with undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign event at Diamond D Ranch in Jacksonville.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Governor of Florida has sent a group of undocumented migrants out of his state and to one he calls a sanctuary destination.

A statement from DeSantis’ Communications Director Taryn Fenske confirmed that two planes with undocumented immigrants landed in Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.

The statement began:

“I can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations. States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as “sanctuary states” and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies.”

The total number of migrants who were sent to Massachusetts is not known.

There has been no indication of whether any more migrants will be sent from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, or any other location considered sanctuary.

This transport of immigrants comes after the Florida Legislature approved $12 million for a program to facilitate the removal and relocation of undocumented immigrants to sanctuary states.

The statement went on:

“Florida’s immigration relocation program both targets human smugglers found in Florida and preempts others from entering.”

Groups representing Venezuelan-Americans planned to hold a news conference Wednesday morning denouncing the governor’s decision.

“After learning that two flights full of asylum seekers from various countries were sent from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard late Wednesday, Venezuelan leaders are rightfully outraged,” a statement from the group reads. “It has been confirmed by local media in Martha’s Vineyard that 50 of those migrants are Venezuelan, including children.”

The statement goes on to say: “Venezuelan leaders and other immigration advocates will come together to denounce this blatant disregard for human life, and the lies that Governor Ron DeSantis has told to the Cuban and Venezuelan communities as recently as his September 7th press conference...in Miami where he promised that neither Cubans or Venezuelans would be sent out of the state.”

About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.