Ron DeSantis says Martha’s Vineyard flights were a Christian act
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Religious conservatives in Iowa have concerns about the 2022 decision.

Florida’s Governor is defending his administration’s transport of undocumented immigrants to Massachusetts, which some critics have described as “human trafficking,” as compatible with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Ron DeSantis was asked Tuesday about shipping migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. Told that some Iowa Christian conservatives didn’t see that as a “Christian-like effort,” the Governor rejected that argument.

“Well, actually, I mean, I don’t think that that’s a good analysis,” the 2024 presidential candidate said on WOWT.

DeSantis described the migrants as “basically destitute,” claiming President Joe Biden was “letting them in and they’re basically on the streets.”

“And so they were transported to a sanctuary jurisdiction of Martha’s Vineyard partially because the policy should be, they shouldn’t come in illegally, period. But if Biden is letting him in, they should go to sanctuary jurisdictions,” DeSantis said.

Central to the scheme was a Texas woman named Perla Huerta, who recruited migrants from Texas to fly under the promise of help with immigration claims and job services.

During the interview Tuesday, DeSantis was pressed about the mechanics of the 2022 flights, with the interviewer asking why he was flying people from Texas to Massachusetts.

The Governor elided the precise details of the migrants’ flight itinerary, contending “they did come to Florida and then they were taken from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard.” The flights did stop in Florida, but ultimately went on to Massachusetts.

During Tuesday’s interview, DeSantis repeated his claim that Martha’s Vineyard was a sanctuary jurisdiction in the interview, one adjudicated by fact checkers in 2022 as “misleading.

The Governor has blamed the Massachusetts community for “advertising” its interest in hosting undocumented immigrants previously, but didn’t use that language here.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Ocean Joe

    January 2, 2024 at 8:44 pm

    It was a low life stunt, complete with Republican treachery and lies to lure those people, and they are people..onto the plane. Ron’s scumbaggery rivals that of another Martha’s Vineyard visitor, the dearly departed Ted Kennedy who couldn’t drive across that bridge.

    • Michael Perusse

      January 3, 2024 at 11:12 am

      Biden let the future demacratic voting imagrants here in the first place.
      Stupid people like you flood the floors with water and complain about how people mop it up. Fool

      • Terry

        January 3, 2024 at 11:57 am

        English your first language?

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 3, 2024 at 11:57 am

        First, one has to be a citizen to vote, period.
        Second, many of those mopping up the messes today in the US — hospitals, restaurants, retirement facilities, etc. — are migrants who do these crappy jobs because they were forced to come here by circumstances beyond their control AND because they want their children and grands to have better opportunities.

      • Silly Wabbit

        January 3, 2024 at 4:17 pm

        You ass.

      • Silly Wabbit

        January 3, 2024 at 4:17 pm

        Kwazy ass.

      • Suzan

        January 3, 2024 at 5:04 pm

        Lol, “demacratic voting imagrants?” It will be at least a decade before any of these asylum seekers become citizens. Apparently, you aren’t familiar with immigration law, current wait times or spelling?

        • michael e perusse

          January 4, 2024 at 3:30 am

          Imagration laws there are none.
          Besides they are giving then drivers licenses then once they have a license they can vote
          Ok? Why did he let 12 million strangers in this country that we don’t know who they are?
          Why? Illegally
          Answer why?

          • Tom

            January 4, 2024 at 7:16 am

            I know facts are pesky things but the licenses they issue specifically say that they can’t be used for official government business like voting or air travel and yes, nobody is happy with immigration as things stand and apparently, the house and senate are happy enough to visit the border, go ooh, ahh and then do nothing about it.
            As to why, because that’s the law and laws get made / changed in congress and they won’t do shit because it’s politically advantageous for them not to.
            Welcome to the USA in 2024.

          • Michael K

            January 4, 2024 at 11:00 am

            Did you know that the US Constitution charges the US Congress with immigration law and policy? Did you know that Republicans in Congress refuse to act on serious bipartisan immigration reform? And do you know why? That’s the boogeyman they like to run on – no interest in a solution, just complaints.

  • PeterH

    January 2, 2024 at 8:44 pm

    Wingnut spin strategies are weapons in the Republican arsenal to win the support from fake Christians and MAGA thugs.

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 2, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    That’s what Iowan religious conservatives have concerns about with DeSantis’s decision making? Flying migrants to Martha’s? Thats it? God save us from the delusional Jesus freaks…

  • Biden is Lost

    January 2, 2024 at 9:06 pm

    That’s my card carrying Republican registered Gancarski with another pro De Santis article. Gancarski works for Soros and would love to be at The New York Times.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 2, 2024 at 9:27 pm

      Sure, blame the messenger.

    • Tom

      January 3, 2024 at 8:44 am

      I think you’d be hard pressed to find anything positive to say about Desantis regardless of your political stripe. He’s pretty much beclowned himself since getting re-elected and so far failed to impress anybody either in Iowa or Florida other than our resident Russian troll.

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 3, 2024 at 11:59 am

        Here’s one thing: Before his ambition to be President overcame his scruples, Dee did push to get seniors vaccinated against COVID.

        Since then, Dee basically has rotted from his head downwards.

        • Tom

          January 4, 2024 at 7:23 am

          Ladapo’s latest brain farts really take some beating. When the FDA has to offer public rebuttals to his nonsense, you know we’re not doing well. I like this particular smackdown.
          “He has, however, demonstrated a tenuous grasp of science and medicine in general over the course of the pandemic so this is not surprising,” Dr. Wherry said.”
          Thanks Rhonda – another great hire.

    • Just Trying To Help

      January 3, 2024 at 4:21 pm

      Hey, there’s this new thing available, you might want to try it.
      It’s called “making sense.”

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 2, 2024 at 10:54 pm

    Rhonda seems to be confused, yet again.

    Sanctuary cities actions could be described as Christian like.

    Dumping your problem onto Christian minded folks? That is not Christian

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 3, 2024 at 9:58 pm

      Here we are just a week after Xians celebrated the most famous homeless family in Western history: The present scenario at the Texas border with 200 Xian Republicans vowing to stop asylum seekers at the point of bayonets. Not very Xian of them.

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 4, 2024 at 8:47 am

        MISTAKE: Speaker Johnson has 60 Xians who serve in the House — not 200 as I wrote..

  • Michael K

    January 2, 2024 at 11:38 pm

    Ah yes, the sermon on the tarmac. We must not forget Christ’s instruction to make cheap political pawns of destitute migrants through lies, deceit, and lucrative private jet air contracts for wealthy campaign donors? All in a days work in accordance with the prosperity gospel of greed and corruption.

  • My Take

    January 3, 2024 at 1:59 am

    The flight and dumping was purely a stunt, aimed at his redneck base and ag thuggish rightwingers in general.
    The Chtistian deed is a simple contrived lie aimed at the evangelicals he wants as voters.

    Two different target audiences.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 3, 2024 at 4:36 am

    Immigration is a Fing mess in America. Desantis was not, is not trying to
    Come up with some kind of solutions! Desantis just plays his gitmo tactics on immigrants! Ashole!

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Expert on Everything" American

    January 3, 2024 at 8:28 am

    Good Mornting America,
    Everyone is hereby advised to “Just Trust Ron” and stop trying to make counter-points to Ron’s Wisdom.
    Remember everybody, unless you have “The Sage Wisdom” of an Earl Pitts American nobody is really interested in your rambeling dis-jointed commentary.
    Thank you all for your understanding, and remember there is nothing personall to Me, Earl Pitts American, making you a Better Person,

  • Linwood Wright

    January 3, 2024 at 11:28 am

    Christian act?

    And this is why i’ve come to believe that many “Christians” are a simply despicable group of people.

  • michael e perusse

    January 3, 2024 at 3:48 pm

    Liberals are stupid people just look at the border and since you can’t think ask someone to explain to you all the bad things that will happen.
    Just 3 years ago we had liberals telling us about mask mandates and now the fools let 12 million illegals in that need everything but they are democratic votes.

    • Biscuit

      January 3, 2024 at 4:41 pm

      You call liberals “stupid” and yet you write like a second grader on drugs, with no regard for facts and a real knack for the illogical.

  • TJC

    January 3, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    Whether you are a believer or not, Christ taught love your neighbor, feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless — in other words, love, love, love. DeSantis is delusional if he thinks his political stunt in any way reflects that philosophy — either he is delusional, or a truly desperate liar whose core cynicism leads him to believe he can fool people into believing he had the best interests of those immigrants in mind.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 3, 2024 at 10:01 pm

      I believe JC also threw the money-changers from the entrance to the temple. We could use some of that action today, starting with the purveyors of dark money and the secret trusts in Florida that will last for 1000 years.

  • Michael K

    January 3, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    Saw a bumper sticker that summed it up nicely:

    There is no hate quite like Christian “love”

  • michael e perusse

    January 4, 2024 at 3:26 am

    Everything is a cult.
    Choose your cult.

  • michael e perusse

    January 4, 2024 at 3:32 am

    Your so stupid liberal.
    Why did he let 12 million strangers in our house?

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 4, 2024 at 8:50 am

      Quit giving huge tax breaks to billionaires and there would be plenty of money to assist asylum seekers — as Jesus required.

      And, while you’re at it, stop the illegal gun trade from Houston to Mexico and Central America.

  • michael e perusse

    January 4, 2024 at 11:05 am

    Maybe you should take a couple over your house

  • michael e perusse

    January 4, 2024 at 11:34 am

    AS I See the country crumble because of stupid liberals. I have decided to lower my stress level by leaving this site and all sites like this one. Honestly I do not associate with Liberals because it is hazardous to my health. So please enjoy my departure. Bye

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 4, 2024 at 11:56 am

      Don’t let the door hit your on the seat of your brain.

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 4, 2024 at 1:52 pm

      Shortest troll farm employment duration ever! Fired after one day.

      And no, that is not a Rhonda joke. Rhonda won’t be hired in the first place.

      And now that they know better, even the US military will turn down otherwise unemployable Rhonda next time he tries to join after failing to be hired anywhere, even with that elitist Ivy League law degree of theirs.

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