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A group of 48 mostly Venezuelan migrants transported by the state of Florida in a surprise flight to Martha’s Vineyard last week has sued Gov. Ron DeSantis over the “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme.”
The class action comes as at least two law enforcement agencies are also investigating the actions of Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott for potential illegality.
A new report has revealed the funding of Mr. DeSantis’ migrant flights. The contractor hired by the governor is a longtime GOP donor.
Meanwhile, a plane reportedly full of asylum seekers headed from Texas to Delaware has so far not materialized, even as officials worried they would be the latest to be surprised by Florida’s highly controversial plan with flying migrants unannounced to liberal jurisdictions.
Governor DeSantis and his aides have defended sending migrants to Democratic-led states and cities in protest of what they characterize as the president’s “open borders” policy.
DeSantis leads Trump in purple-red Florida amid migrant controversy
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now leads Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup among Florida voters, according to a new Axios poll.
The development comes as Mr. DeSantis has become a hero on the far right for his efforts to use state aid to transport migrants from Texas to Democratic-controlled areas, although he admits that large groups of migrants entering his state , remains non-existent.
The poll performance is also notable because Donald Trump won Florida’s primary against Sen. Marco Rubio, the state’s senior senator, during the 2016 primary in what was one of his last moves to eliminate his rivals in the GOP presidential race.
John Bowden22 September 2022 at 11 a.m
Donald Trump furious that Ron DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard stunt was his ‘idea’
Donald Trump is privately raging at Republican Ron DeSantis over the governor’s decision to allow flights of about 50 migrants last week from the southern border to Martha’s Vineyard, Rolling Stone reported.
The magazine reported that two inside sources close to the twice-impeached president had heard him express that the Republican governor was taking the spotlight away from Trump, accusing him of using the migrant flights to boost his national profile ahead of a potential bid for the White House House .
Read more in The Independent:
The former president accused the Florida governor of stealing the spotlight from his platform
John Bowden22 September 2022 at 09.00
More than 1 million USD in Florida funding steered to GOP donor amid migrant controversy
A contractor owned by a Republican donor is taking a massive windfall thanks to Ron DeSantis’ efforts to fly migrants from Texas to Massachusetts and other Democratic strongholds.
New analysis of state records shows that more than $1 million in funding for the flights was given to the company as it carries out Mr. DeSantis’ efforts to embarrass the Biden White House.
Read more from Alex Woodward in The Independent:
An airline hired by the administration donated thousands of dollars to Republican causes, including the governor’s campaign and a state lawmaker central to his legislative agenda
John Bowden22 September 2022 at 07.00
Abbott and DeSantis promise more migrant flights
The GOP governors of Florida and Texas have shown no sign of letting up in their campaign to embarrass the Biden administration by organizing flights of migrants to liberal-controlled cities. The plan has been widely criticized for allegedly deceptive practices and the overall legality of the process.
“There will also be buses and there will probably be more flights,” Mr DeSantis said on Friday. “The Legislature gave me $12 million. We’re going to use every penny of it to make sure we protect the people of the state of Florida.”
Abbott, whose “Operation Lone Star” has sent more than 10,000 migrants to liberal cities across the country, has also promised more of the same.
“Texas will continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, DC, until President Biden and Border Czar Harris step up and do their job to secure the border,” he said in a statement last week.
Read more from Josh Marcus:
The plane appears to be waiting in New Jersey
John Bowden22 September 2022 05:00
The GOP’s tough tactics on migrants are refocusing the midterm debate
Ron DeSantis and other Republicans are working overtime to refocus the midterms on the issue of immigration as their party faces the bleak prospect of voters casting their ballots amid an unprecedented criminal investigation into Donald Trump as well as the GOP’s new campaign for to restrict abortion rights throughout the country.
“It’s going to be a big issue in the election, I can tell you that,” Mr. DeSantis vowed on Tuesday. “It has already had a bigger impact than anyone thought it could. But we will continue to have more impact.”
Read more in The Independent:
The Republican governors of Florida and Texas have flown and bused migrants to Washington, D.C
John Bowden22 September 2022 04:00
White House prepares for DeSantis migrant flights to Delaware as state agencies ready to respond
The White House says it is taking over the task of coordinating with state agencies to prepare for the arrival of groups of migrants organized by the governors of Florida and Texas, after those Republicans refused to communicate at all with local governments or aid groups.
“We are coordinating closely with state officials and local service providers who are prepared to welcome these families in an orderly manner as they pursue their asylum applications,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
Read more about the administration’s efforts from Alex Woodward:
Aid groups are “prepared to receive these families in an orderly manner while they pursue their asylum applications,” according to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
John Bowden22 September 2022 03:00
Jared Kushner: DeSantis is using migrants as ‘political pawns’
Ron DeSantis’ use of state aid to transport migrants thousands of miles away from Texas all the way to Massachusetts appears to be too much for even Jared Kushner, a top adviser (and son-in-law) to former President Donald Trump.
He joined the ranks of those describing the governor’s efforts as dehumanizing in an interview with Fox News.
“I personally see what’s happening and it’s very hard to see at the southern border, me too – we have to remember that these are people, they are people, so to see them being used as political pawns on the one or the other way is very troubling to me,” he said.
Florida’s governor is seen as a potential challenger to Donald Trump in 2024.
John Bowden22 September 2022 02:00
Texas congressman rips DeSantis and Abbott
Rep. Joaquin Castro furiously condemned the governors of Texas and Florida this week for what he called a hypocritical attitude toward leftist governments in Central/South America and the migrants who have fled them in recent years.
“DeSantis, Abbott, etc. are constantly bashing places like Cuba and Venezuela because the leaders are so oppressive and make the countries dangerous for people and yet when people try to escape they treat them like crap,” the congressman argued.
John Bowden22 September 2022 01:00
Jon Stewart blasts DeSantis over ‘d***ish’ migrant flights
Former Comedy Central star Jon Stewart sounded off on Ron DeSantis over the latter’s plan to fly migrants from Texas to Massachusetts using funding meant to help the people of Florida.
“This stunt did exactly what he wanted it to do, which is to jump over his profile, made him a hero among those for whom d***dness is one of the only qualities that they lead after their leaders,” said the liberal comedian.
Read more about his remarks from Graig Graziosi:
“This stunt did exactly what he wanted it to do, which is to jump over his profile, made him a hero among those for whom d***dness is one of the only qualities that they lead after their leaders”
John Bowden22 September 2022 at 00:00
Marco Rubio spreads misinformation about migrants
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio joins the list of Republicans spreading lies about migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard as backlash against the GOP-led effort grows.
Sir. Rubio went on Fox News and falsely claimed that the migrants suing Florida’s governor over the scheme “weren’t even here legally.”
But of course that is not true. The migrants in question are asylum seekers, which is a lengthy legal method of applying for residency in the United States.
John BowdenSeptember 21, 2022 11:31 p.m