Migrant flight gripes continue from Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom ponies up to make Ron DeSantis a one-termer.

Sean Hannity heard the latest round of denunciations of Gov. DeSantis.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is continuing his grousing over flights commissioned by Ron DeSantis that brought undocumented immigrants to Sacramento.

Newsom told Fox News host Sean Hannity that the flights that brought people from Texas to California, paid for by Florida taxpayers, were a “stunt,” “embarrassing” and “pathetic.”

The comments are part of a full-length interview Hannity will run on his Monday show, and are the latest illustration that the spat about the flights will continue into at least a second week of news coverage.

This week during an official “border security roundtable” in Arizona, DeSantis defended the flights.

“So here’s the thing, these sanctuary jurisdictions are part of the reason we have this problem because they have endorsed and agitated for these types of open border policies,” DeSantis said in Sierra Vista.

“They have bragged that they are sanctuary jurisdictions. They attack the previous administration’s efforts to try to have border security. And so that’s the policies they’ve taken out and then when they have to deal with the fruits of that, they all of a sudden become very, very upset about that.”

These remarks came after Newsom slandered DeSantis as a “small, pathetic man.”

“This isn’t Martha’s Vineyard,” the California Governor tweeted, referring to a previous migrant flight paid for by Florida taxpayers. “Kidnapping charges?”

DeSantis blames California and other sanctuary jurisdictions for offering sweet deals to undocumented immigrants.

“A place like California, they give benefits, they give unemployment checks, they do all that. And so you can see why some of those folks were interested in going that direction in Florida,” DeSantis said in Arizona. “We’ve gone the opposite way.”

“You know, we say we have a legal workforce, we’re not going to have benefits, we’re not going to do that and basically trying to disincentivize it,” he continued. “Other states have tried to incentivize it. And so I think they should be the ones to pay to do it.”

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who is reportedly probing the matter of whether migrants were lured onto these flights under false pretenses, called the action “disgusting and morally bankrupt.”

DeSantis preferred to address fiscal bankruptcy in his comments, contrasting California’s “deficit” to Florida’s “surplus.” The Governor also noted the Florida Legislature gave him budgetary authority to continue these migrant flights, which have been part of his messaging as much as his strategy in recent months.

As a 2024 candidate, DeSantis has turned last year’s flights to Martha’s Vineyard into a Primary-state crowd-pleasing line.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • It's a ploy for workers for Florida

    June 10, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Rhonda is sending people in California in the hopes of “retaliation.”

    Florida is so desperate for workers since the GOP ran everybody off, Rhonda is trying to con a response of “you send me one, I’ll send you two right back.”

    Rhonda doesn’t realize nobody but Rhonda and other Coyotes will get into human trafficking in an attempt to solve a shortage of migrant workers. Others folks just aren’t that sleazy.

    Stupid Coyote Rhonda.

    • Dennis Clardy

      June 11, 2023 at 12:48 pm

      As a Floridian, DeDantis is strictly attempting to protect Florida jobs and tax dollars. These sanctuary cities were created in rebellion to Trump’s border policies and they CLAIMED they welcomed illegals with open arms. Florida taxpayers do not want to financially support these illegal immigrants and prefer our southern border be closed.

      • George J Kamburoff

        June 11, 2023 at 12:56 pm

        Florida has no “Southern border”.

  • Bill Pollard

    June 10, 2023 at 11:09 am

    A restaurant I frequent has shortened some days of its operation, because some of its Hispanic workers decided to leave Florida in response to all the noise from this administration. People who reside here legally do not always feel safe these days.

  • George J Kamburoff

    June 10, 2023 at 11:59 am

    It is time Northern cities sent their homeless to Florida.

    • Antonio

      June 10, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      What? Why would you want to ruin our state? “Cut off my nose to spite my face” is not good strategy.

    • Dennis Clardy

      June 11, 2023 at 12:55 pm

      Florida is not, and never has claimed to be, a sanctuary state. The cities and states you refer to have high rates of homelessness due to the liberal, democratic policies placed upon them. At least those folks are legal citizens of the United States and would likely flourish in the FREE state of Florida!

  • George J Kamburoff

    June 10, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    We just don’t want to send an empty plane back to Florida.

    • Dennis Clardy

      June 11, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      I have a grand idea, how about attacking the root of the problem and securing our southern border! This has never been about DeSantis, homelessness or politics. We have a serious issue at the border and Democrats refuse to acknowledge that it even exists. Apparently, flying illegals to the folks who actually invited them somehow gets their attention now! Why should Florida have to pay for this party when they never wanted, voted for or invited anyone?

  • George J Kamburoff

    June 11, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    As long as they do not read certain books!

    • Dennis Clardy

      June 11, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      You mean books that Florida taxpayers refuse to pay for in a learning environment. This is America, IF you want your kid to read questionable material, head on down to your local library. DeSantis is enforcing existing laws that dictate districts review ALL learning materials presented and available to students.

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