DeSantis Explains Why He Sent Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard; Status of Second Migrant Plane to Delaware Unknown

The same plane that transported illegal immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week, was chartered to fly to Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown Tuesday afternoon, Delaware Online reported, but the flight appears to have been delayed. The plane was reportedly scheduled to leave San Antonio around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, and stop in Crestville, Florida, before heading to Delaware.

Delaware Coastal Airport is reportedly located just 19 miles from Rehoboth Beach, population 1,100, where Biden has a summer home.

Reporters were stationed at the airport for hours in anticipation of the migrants’ arrival.

Officials in Georgetown, Delaware said they were expecting about 55 illegal aliens to be flown into the the airport.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday that the White House is “coordinating closely” with state and local officials in Delaware to prepare for the arrival of a plane carrying migrants.

The much-hyped migrant flight, however, appears to have been delayed, and its status is currently unknown.

Flight trackers Tuesday afternoon said the plane was heading to Nashville, Tennessee, Reuters reported. What caused the route change is unclear.

During a press conference in Florida Tuesday, DeSantis would not confirm that a plane with illegal aliens was on its way to Joe Biden’s home state, but he did explain in detail why he was interested in sending migrants to sanctuary jurisdictions.

“We’ve had interdiction in the [Florida] Panhandle,” the governor explained. “The problem is, we’re not seeing mass movements of them into Florida,” so the few arrests that are made “are not enough to stop the mass migration.”

DeSantis said that his intelligence on the Texas border indicates that between 30 and 40 percent of the migrants want to end up in Florida, so his goal is to identify those people and divert them to sanctuary cities.

“At the end of the day, what we’re doing is not the solution. It’s opening peoples’ eyes to the solution, which is: ‘let’s have a secure border, let’s have Remain in Mexico, let’s take the cartels seriously, and let’s get with the program here.'”

When asked about critics who accuse him of human trafficking migrants, DeSantis replied, “When Biden was flying these people all over the fruited plane in the middle of the night, I didn’t hear a peep out of those people.”

The governor said those same people are also staying mum as migrants are abused by cartels, and are drowning in the Rio Grande.

“You had 50 that died in some shed in Texas,” DeSantis noted. “I heard no outrage about any of that. I haven’t heard outrage about all the fentanyl that’s come across the border that’s killing Americans in record numbers. I don’t hear outrage about the criminal aliens that have gotten through who then victimize people, not only in Florida, but all throughout the country.”

The only thing I hear them getting upset about is you have 50 that end up in Martha’s Vineyard. Then they get really upset.

I’m sorry, those migrants were being treated horribly by Biden. They were hungry, homeless, they had no opportunity at all. DeSantis pointed out that the flights are completely voluntary, and explained that he has chosen to send them to sanctuary destinations because he wants to send the message that “the border should be secured.”

“But short of that, if you believe in open borders, then it’s the sanctuary jurisdictions that should have to bear the brunt of the open borders,” he argued, adding that the migrants he sent to Martha’s Vineyard, were given the opportunity to live in “the most posh sanctuary jurisdiction maybe in the world.”

Obviously it’s sad that Martha’s Vineyard deported them the very next day. They could have absorbed this, They chose not to. What it shows is. If 50 was a burden on one of the richest places in our country, what about all these other communities that have been overrun with hundreds and thousands. It shows you that now that these policies are on the front burner, people are talking about it. Biden can’t defend his open borders. It’s doing huge damage to our country. It’s costing a lot of money, it’s costing lives with the drugs that are pouring across.

The governor added that what the regime has been doing for more than a year and a half is “basically ignoring that the problem exists. And I know that a lot of the national, corporate press doesn’t want to talk about it, but the reality is, when you have the vice president saying there’s no border crisis when we’ve had millions of people come across illegally, you’ve got to be kidding me!”

DeSantis said the crisis at the border was intentional as Biden “reversed policies that were effective.” He added that sending migrants to sanctuary destinations was not a “stunt,” but meant to raise awareness of the pain and suffering caused by Biden’s open border policies.

“I really hope that more [journalists] will cover what we’re seeing with the fentanyl crisis,” he said, going on to describe how the deadly drug has been pouring across the border, devastating American families.

DeSantis stressed that the very affluent liberal community of Martha’s Vineyard was unable to handle less than 50 migrants.

“If the wealthiest island, one of the wealthiest in America can’t accommodate 50, then look at all of these other communities [on the Southern border] and they’re just supposed to accommodate all this more?” he noted.

When asked Tuesday about the Florida governor’s plan to fly illegal aliens to Delaware, Joe Biden quipped: “He should come visit, we have a beautiful shore way.”


American Greatness will update this post when the migrant plane arrives at its destination, wherever that turns out to be.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.