Ron DeSantis dismisses ‘absurd’ Gavin Newsom demand for federal migrant flight probe

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'It is the sanctuary jurisdiction that should be the one to have to bear that burden.'

Florida’s Governor thinks a federal investigation of the state’s migrant flights is “absurd,” suggesting states like California asked for it by being “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

During an interview on “Varney and Co.” on the Fox Business NetworkRon DeSantis took issue with California Gov. Gavin Newsom calling for a federal inquiry into a flight of undocumented immigrants paid for by Florida that brought them from Texas to Sacramento.

“Well, I think it’s just absurd. I mean, California is a sanctuary state. They actually provide benefits for illegal aliens. And so they’re serving really as a magnet for people to cross our border illegally,” DeSantis told Varney.

Newsom, along with California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Texas Sheriff Javier Salazar, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding federal action, saying it was “unconscionable to use people as political props by persuading them to travel to another state based on false or deceptive representations.”

In DeSantis’ view, however, places like California should be held responsible for border crossers.

“It is the sanctuary jurisdiction that should be the one to have to bear that burden. We’re not a sanctuary state in Florida. And I think it’s wrong that states that are doing it right would have to bear a burden. And so they’ve asked for this, they’ve invited it and they should step up.”

Newsom went on the Sean Hannity program recently, saying he would do a three-hour debate with DeSantis with the Fox News perennial host, on “one day’s notice with no notes.” DeSantis hasn’t been willing to debate, however, instead urging Newsom to “stop pussyfooting around” and “challenge” Joe Biden for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination.

As DeSantis continues to battle Newsom from a distance, Donald Trump appears to be a bigger problem for the Florida Governor in the Golden State.

A recent Emerson College Poll of California Republicans is the worst yet for the Florida Governor. DeSantis trails Trump in the 2024 Presidential Primary race, 53% to 19%.

A Public Policy Institute of California survey, conducted May 17-24, shows the former President with 50% support, way ahead of DeSantis at 21%.

The latest Berkeley Institute of Government Studies survey shows Trump ahead of DeSantis in a crowded field, 44% to 26%, reflecting a 26-point movement toward the former President at DeSantis’ expense in recent months. In February, DeSantis was up 37% to 29%.

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


9 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 10, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Doesn’t Rhonda realize they are highlighting themselves as a big part of the problem when they overtly transport folks from one place to some place that makes an effort to take care of its homeless folks?

    Places that do take care of the homeless tend to get overrun, and they’re overrun by homeless folks coming from places like Rhonda Land, FL that refuse to acknowledge real life and instead criminalize human beings for existing in unapproved ways including homelessness.

    Rhonda, why do you keep confessing? Why do work so hard at making everybody hate Rhonda? Dang, Rhonda, you even got this Texas Sheriff, Javier Salazar, hating you. A Texas sheriff is teaming up with California Gov Newsom against Rhonda. That is some pure hatred for Rhonda right there. That is Pure Rhonda.

    EVERYbody hates Rhonda.

  • Tom

    July 10, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    I have to wonder why desantis is even running for President. Clearly, everything with him is us vs. them or state vs. state or straight vs. gay. When all is said and done, how would he even govern when he dislikes and insults half the country? I suppose the good news is that plenty of people don’t like him back so he’ll probably never get elected but for someone who is allegedly so smart, he doesn’t have a shred of self awareness.

  • Rob Desantos

    July 10, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Nobody cares what you or Casey think, you angry little man.

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  • Earl Pitts American

    July 10, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    Newsom is not within his rights to be critical of America’s Govornor The Great Ron “The Ronald” Desantis. I, Earl Pitts American, have already had a “Come To Earl Meeting” with U.S.Atty. General Merrick Garland and told him that Newsom has no standing to bring action in Federal Court against America’s Govornor The Great Ron “The Ronald” Desantis.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Brenda

    July 10, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    De Santa’s is nothing but a Hitler wanna be. He touts Fl yet in state running fl. Is at the bottom in health care bottom of education go check the stats where fl falls in jobs in education in jobs. De Santis has banned books including. The Bible because he wants to dumb down future generations making it easier to turn fl in to a fascist state!!! Cali has kept up giving low income soc sec stimulus checks but not Fl no fl.would rather take the tax pays money and spend 12 million per planes to harass immigrantd!! Got. Ews for gov de if it were not for many migrants alot of the fruits and veggies on our tables would not be there!!!! De santis has dolla signs on his brain . The man is no Christian if he was he would know basically all God asks of man is to care and love even the least he created on this earth all de santis cares about is who he scam the million dollars from!

  • Jeanne Locke

    July 10, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    You are not a good governor, Ron DeSantis, wasting our money on stunts and lawsuits in advance of the primaries
    Take your loss like an adult and clear the field for someone else.

    • Earl Pitts American

      July 10, 2023 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you Jeanne and Brenda for the bareing of your feelings. But if you want a look into some pure “D” political relevant wisdom feel free to learn from my, Earl Pitts American’s, posting right above Brenda’s!!!!
      You are welcome Ladies,
      Earl Pitts American

  • Michael K

    July 12, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Poor Rhonda. It really upsets her that other places and people show human beings dignity, compassion and respect to the least among us. Like, you know, what good Christians might do. Poor Rhonda is too full of hate to hear that message.

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