Migrant news latest: Abbott says White House led by ‘hypocrite-in-chief’; DeSantis to send more flights to Martha’s Vineyards

‘Just plain wrong’: White House condemns migrant flight to Martha’s Vineyard

Texas governor Greg Abbott’s office has said that the White House is “full of a bunch of hypocrites, led by the Hypocrite-in-Chief who has been flying planeloads of migrants across the country and oftentimes in the cover of night.”

The statement comes hours after the White House said Mr Abbott and Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ use of migrants to punish leaders of Democratic-led state and local governments is a “deeply alarming” stunt that placed innocent children in danger to score political points.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that the two governors were disrupting the federal process for handling migrants and using the migrants as “political pawns”.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Abbott had sent two buses carrying migrants to the doorstep of Vice President Kamala Harris’s home in Washington, DC.

Meanwhile, Mr DeSantis doubled down on his unannounced decision to send two planes carrying 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.

“The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with everyday is brought to their front door they all of a sudden go berserk … it just shows you, you know their virtue signalling is a fraud,” he said on Thursday.


DeSantis boasts about ‘innovative’ Martha’s Vineyard stint and calls residents ‘virtue signaling frauds’

ICYMI: Florida Gov Ron DeSantis did not shy away from boasting about his plot to send two planes filled with 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in his first public remarks since Wednesday’s unannounced journey.

“We take what’s happening at the southern border very seriously – unlike some, and unlike the president of the United States, who has refused to lift a finger to secure that border,” the governor said Thursday.

“If you have folks that are inclined to think Florida’s a good place, our message to them is we are not a sanctuary state, and it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction. And yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures,” he said in his more than four and a half minute answer to the question.

“All those people in DC and New York were beating their chests when Trump was president saying they were so proud to be sanctuary jurisdictions, saying how bad it was to have a secure border. The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with everyday is brought to their front door they all of a sudden go berserk and they’re so upset that this is happening and it just shows you, you know their virtue signalling is a fraud.”


Texas Governor’s office says White House ‘full of hypocrites’ led by ‘Hypocrite-in-Chief’

Texas governor Greg Abbott’s office has hit back after the White House said that Republican governors sending buses of migrants is “deeply alarming” and called it an “illegal stunt.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital Mr Abbott’s press secretary Renae Eze said: “The White House is full of a bunch of hypocrites, led by the Hypocrite-in-Chief who has been flying planeloads of migrants across the country and oftentimes in the cover of night.”

“Instead of their hypocritical complaints about Texas providing much-needed relief to our overrun and overwhelmed border communities, President Biden and Border Czar Harris need to step up and do their jobs to secure the border—something they continue failing to do,” she added.

Migrant buses sent by Texas Governor Greg Abbott arrived outside the vice president’s residence in Washington, DC

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Migrants on flights from Florida were told they were going to Boston, report says

ICYMI: The approximately 50 migrants who boarded two planes from Florida were reportedly informed that they were heading for Boston, not Martha’s Vineyard, which is where they touched down on Wednesday afternoon.

However, a number of migrants told NPR their flight originated in San Antonio, and that they were being transported to Boston.

NPR reported that a plane that originally began its journey in San Antonio made two pit stops, one in Florida and then another in South Carolina, before flying on to Martha’s Vineyard and landing at 3.15pm local time. Apart from that brief layover, the news outlet reported, the migrants NPR interviewed had not spent time in Florida.

According to some of the people interviewed by NPR on Wednesday night, they had originally been approached by a woman who identified herself as “Perla”. That woman came to the group, who were staying at a shelter in San Antonio, and lured them into boarding the plane, claiming that it would be landing in Boston where they would be able to get “expedited work papers”.

Those migrants said that the woman was still trying to recruit passengers for the flight just hours before it took off from the southern state.


ICYMI: Ron DeSantis signed bill aimed at keeping immigrants out of state

In June, Florida Gov Ron DeSantis signed a controversial bill into law that critics said is aimed at keeping immigrants out of the Sunshine State and activists say will seek to unjustly and unlawfully target immigrant communities.

Gov DeSantis, who is running for reelection in the fall is widely considered to be a contender for the 2024 presidential election, has been a vocal critic of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

As outlined in the legislation, all government agencies would be barred from doing business with transportation companies that bring immigrants to the state who are in the country illegally.

The bill also further blurs the line between local matters and federal control, as it requires every law enforcement agency that operates a county detention facility to enter into an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

That agreement would require all local law enforcement officers to use their resources to carry out federal ICE duties, the bill stipulates.

Read more about the bill with The Independent below:


Trump calls US a ‘dumping ground’ for migrants in radio interview

ICYMI: Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt put the question to former President Donald Trump on Thursday about how he viewed the country’s current immigration policies, zeroing in on the recent developments that saw two Republican governors sending migrants out of their state in what has been criticised as a political stunt.

“They’re trying to draw attention to the lie that the vice-president said last weekend when she said not once but twice: the border is secure,” the radio host began before asking: “How big of an issue is this and how much of an issue will it be in 2024?”

Democrats, the one-term president started, are all about “disinformation”.

“They will look at a border where millions of people are pouring in through from prisons,” he said, before characterising the US as a “dumping ground” that Democrats, he argued, would say is “secure”.

“They’re lying about the border, they’re lying about inflation, they’re lying about our country because our country is being poisoned from within,” he closed before noting that he hopes that Republicans do well in the upcoming November midterms.


Florida official asks DoJ to investigate DeSantis flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

A Florida Democratic official has asked the DoJ to open an investigation into the transport of migrants to Martha’s vineyard ordered by Governor Ron DeSantis.

In a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried said Mr DeSantis’ “use of human beings to score political points” raised several legal questions and warranted an in-depth investigation by the federal government.


A ‘depraved’ GOP stunt to send migrants to Martha’s Vineyard was met with humanitarian aid

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida faced international condemnation and scrutiny as the latest GOP governor escalating the party’s widely derided scheme of shipping vulnerable groups of migrants out of their states in cold protest of President Joe Biden.

But the arrival of 50 migrants on Martha’s Vineyard – known as a summer getaway for wealthier Americans – has galvanised communities across the small island off the coast of Massachusetts, providing immediate shelter and relief for a group of people and families deceptively collected into planes out of Texas, more than 2,000 miles away, at taxpayers’ expense.

Alex Woodward has the story.


JFK Library compares DeSantis migrants move to historic ‘Reverse Freedom Rides’

The JFK Library has compared Gov Ron DeSantis flying planeloads of undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard to “Reverse Freedom Rides,” drawing comparisons to what was inflicted on some African-Americans in the south during the civil rights movement.

The presidential library of the 35th president took to Twitter to make the unflattering analogy the day after the Florida governor bragged about his widely-criticized actions.


Alex Jones lawyer appears to tweet about migrant flights and fall asleep during Connecticut trial

Alex Jones’s lawyer appeared to tweet and fall asleep this week during the right-wing conspiracy broadcaster’s ongoing damages trial in Connecticut.

Mr Jones is notably on trial for making false claims about the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012.

On Tuesday, as proceedings continued to determine how much in damages Jones owes to Sandy Hook families, attorney Norm Pattis appeared to be on Twitter. Mr Pattis was apparently commenting on news that Florida governor Ron DeSantis helped coordinate two planes full of undocumented migrants to be sent to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Josh Marcus has the story.


Who is Charlie Crist, the former Florida Republican set to challenge Ron DeSantis?

Former Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist is running to take back his old job, now as a Democrat.

While the 66-year-old has been campaigning for the Democratic nomination, his main focus has been on blasting the Republican Governor of the state, Ron Desantis.

“He’s the most arrogant governor I’ve ever seen in my life,” he told members of a teachers union in Tampa this month, according to The Guardian. “It is shocking, it really is. Enough is enough.”

Primary voters are choosing their candidates on Tuesday and Mr Crist, who has held various elected offices in Florida politics since 1992, is expected to clinch the Democratic nomination against his top challenger, agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried.

Read more about the former Republican govenor, now running as a Democrat, to unseat the Gov DeSantis in the fall from my colleague Gustaf Kilander:

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