When Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis released his proposed budget last December, he noted that it contained $8 million to ship illegal immigrants to other parts of the country.
DeSantis was irked that the Biden administration was flying illegals into Florida under cover of darkness, as The Free Press reported at the time. The governor said in explaining his plan, “If you sent [the illegal immigrants] to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard or some of these places that border would be secure the next day. That border would be secure.”
Delaware, of course, is President Joe Biden’s home state, while Biden’s former boss, President Barack Obama, owns a multimillion-dollar mansion on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Yet the Florida Legislature did more than even DeSantis wanted.
As Fox News reported on Tuesday, the GOP-led Legislature actually budgeted $12 million to remove illegal immigrants in the state’s proposed 2023 spending plan.
An unnamed spokesperson for DeSantis told Fox News, “The Legislature delivered on this priority, along with many of the governor’s other priorities, to protect Floridians from the harmful impacts of the Biden border crisis.”
“It is not the responsibility of Floridians to subsidize aliens to reside in our state unlawfully; we did not consent to Biden’s open-borders agenda,” the spokesperson continued.
DeSantis’ office added that besides Delaware or Massachusetts the governor could opt to dispatch illegal immigrants “to other ‘progressive’ states whose governors endorse blatant violations of federal immigration law.”
Texas is already putting the DeSantis model into action.
As The Free Press noted today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that a bus carrying about two dozen illegal immigrants from his state had dropped them off at the foot of the U.S. Capitol.
Abbott promised he would start flying them to Washington unless the Biden administration does something to secure the border and control the hordes preparing to rush the border when Title 42, a regulation that allows the U.S. to automatically expel illegals without a hearing, expires in May.