New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been among the loudest critics of the illegal-immigrant “relocation” policies from red states.
But one might think Adams would appreciate the governors for helping replenish his state’s dwindling population.
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that New Yorkers continue to flee in droves to become Sunshine Staters.
As the Post reported, “The COVID-driven rush of New Yorkers into Florida has turned into a stampede — with no end in sight.”
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“A record-breaking number of Empire State residents switched their driver’s licenses to the Sunshine State version last month, according to a Post analysis of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data.”
Overall, 5,838 New Yorkers switched their licenses to Florida in August — the highest recorded number for a single month in history.
For all of 2022, 41,885 New Yorkers have surrendered their licenses after having headed south. That, the Post added, represents “a torrid pace that’s pointing to a new annual record.”
But while the Post, understandably so, was largely focused on the shift among New Yorkers, it’s not just them that are setting records for running away.
“California also set a new high for license exchanges with Florida in August, passing the 3,000 mark for the first time, logging 3,059 swaps. The same applied to New Jersey last month, which saw a record 3,259 license switches,” the Post added.
“A slew of other states — including Washington, Oregon and Pennsylvania — all set new records for Florida driver’s license applications, the data shows.”
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Overall, the Post noted, “Florida has received 321,881 out-of-state license trade requests in 2022.”
Gov. DeSantis has mocked liberal states for the rush to Florida.
In July, for example, DeSantis said, “I can just tell you this. I was born and raised in this state. And until the last few years, I rarely, if ever, saw a California license plate in the state of Florida. You now see a lot of them. I can tell you, if you go to California, you ain’t seeing very many Florida license plates.”