Ron DeSantis swipes at ‘problematic’ Joe Biden migrant flight program bringing hundreds of thousands to Miami
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 3/8/24-Gov. Ron DeSantis talks about the close of the 2024 Legislative Session during a news conference, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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However, he said there's no evidence that the new arrivals stay in the state.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is condemning a “problematic” migrant transport program from the Joe Biden administration that has seen Miami used as a pass through for 326,000 undocumented immigrants since Oct. 2022, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

However, he added that there is no real evidence that these ferried foreign nationals are choosing to settle in the Sunshine State as a final destination.

“First of all, it’s an illegal program. They’re bringing people in who don’t have a right to be in this country from foreign countries,” DeSantis said in Polk City.

Per CIS, Florida is the “top landing and U.S. customs processing zone for this direct-flights parole-and-release program.”

But DeSantis suggests those arrivals are moving on.

“We have not seen large numbers in our communities all of a sudden, like you’ve seen in New York and Chicago and some of these other (cities). And so that may be the case that he’s bringing people in under this illegal parole program and then they’re migrating to sanctuary jurisdictions that could be happening,” DeSantis said.

This analysis conflicts with CIS’ hypothesis on the phenomenon, which suggests that a lot of people who land in Miami don’t leave, even though Florida is not, in the Governor’s parlance, a “sanctuary state.”

“Many of the landing Cubans, Venezuelans, and Haitians will obviously choose to stay in Florida, where expatriate communities are already large. But some percentage of the newly ‘legalized’ aspiring border crossers who land there and in Texas, New York, and California likely transfer to domestic flights to their final destinations across the nation,” the report said.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services notes that a condition of this program is that “Individuals participating in these processes must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their parole in the United States.

The Governor also said Wednesday that an “large uptick of vessels” containing Haitian refugees he warned against weeks ago hasn’t manifested, seemingly chilling the need for a Special Session of the Legislature to create a legislative response to that perceived threat.

He had already launched Operation Vigilant Sentry, which is designed to keep Haitian refugees from making landfall and finding refuge in Florida, with 250 total forces deployed from the Florida State Guard, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida National Guard and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Despite those masses not yet descending on the state, DeSantis suggested that Biden might facilitate a Haitian influx through his federal flight program, and “fly a bunch of people from Haiti to different parts of the United States, maybe Guantanamo, maybe someplace on the continental United States.”

Ironically, DeSantis has transported undocumented immigrants at taxpayer expense in recent years, including an infamous decision to fly people from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, a move that was a recurrent talking point of his failed Presidential campaign.

There apparently are different rules for “Air DeSantis” and “Air Biden,” however.

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


14 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    April 3, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    Joe Biden is the most inept President in a lifetime. Jimmy Carter says thanks to the American people every day.

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    • MH/Duuuval

      April 3, 2024 at 1:40 pm

      Better than “arms swapping for hostages” Reagan?

      Reply

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 4, 2024 at 3:10 pm

        MH, that “impeach biden” punk does not have any idea just how bad raygun was. i could talk for hours on how bad raygun was. raygun also had a maga message. i was in the vietnam war when nixon was pres. and i wasn’t politically savvy enough to judge nixon at the time. i think raygun was worse than nixon.

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        • MH/Duuuval

          April 4, 2024 at 3:32 pm

          RR showed his true colors when he locked into a UC plaza demonstrators against the Vietnam War, and then tear-gassed them from helicopters. As demonstrators rushed to the few open exits, police were waiting and they beat and arrested those who were thought to be the leaders of the campus demonstrations.

          RR was arguably not as bad a leader as Nixon because Nixon was waging a colonial war overseas — continuing what LBJ started. (Nixon kicked off the War on Drugs to get even with the dope-smoking anti-war demonstrators.)

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          • Rick Whitaker

            April 4, 2024 at 3:54 pm

            MH, raygun cut out 64 different educational programs in 8 years designed for merit or under privileged students. he replaced them with high interest student loans. he also pushed for the “citizens united” law that let liars publicly lie on tv etc. the effects of that raygun move is why trump got in office. i went to the big anti-war demonstration in dc in 1970. my commanding officers said we couldn’t go and if we did, we could definitely not wear our uniforms. i went and i wore my uniform.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 4, 2024 at 7:49 pm

            To be fair, RR was losing it mentally in his second term. Even told reporters he had been deployed into combat during WWII.

            But, yeah, he did like to rank on “welfare queens,” and he opened his 1980 npresidential campaign in Neshoba, Miss., where the three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964.

            And, he was the progenitor of the Contra war, in which the US-financed soldiers who targeted civilians doing development work In Nicaragua, including teachers, nurses, water operators, etc.

            I was in DC in 1970, or maybe after Cambodia in 1971? It was ultimately about keeping our boys at home and not sending them to Southeast Asia to kill or be killed.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 4, 2024 at 10:48 pm

            Oh, and don’t forget Nixon’s COINTELPRO — that was Deep State before Deep State was discovered by MAGAs.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 4, 2024 at 3:25 pm

      IM, and you are the most inept poster on this site in a lifetime. earl shitts says thanks to the american people every day.

      Reply

  • FLPatriot

    April 3, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Isn’t he the one using taxpayer money to fly migrants into the inner part of the US?

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    • MH/Duuuval

      April 3, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      The Martha’s Vineyard shipment is suing because of all the unkept promises made in writing by Dee’s 20-something cadre.

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  • ScienceBLVR

    April 3, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    We have not seen large numbers in our communities all of a sudden, like you’ve seen in New York and Chicago and some of these other (cities).
    No, because they are all working, at the hotels and restaurants, construction sites, and strawberry fields, that’s why you don’t see them. DeSantis should check out a gas station at 5:30 am, a sea of “ hardworking immigrants” pumping up and going to work in Florida’s hush hush no illegals here. economy. DeSantis is the most inept ineffective governor we’ve had in my 45 years here. Heck, I thought Scott and Jeb were bad, but gosh, Jeb looks pretty good right now compared to this chump.

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    • MH/Duuuval

      April 3, 2024 at 7:35 pm

      Many of the males are fixing Florida’s roofs. Mine was done by a Honduran, a Mexican, and a Cuban — employed by locals, of course.

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  • Meatball Ronny

    April 3, 2024 at 7:55 pm

    It’s called Karma🤣

    Reply

  • Joe

    April 5, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    “First of all, it’s an illegal program.”
    Incorrect, this program is well within the President’s executive authority and completely legal, whether Lil Governer Ratcliffe likes it or not.

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