Florida confirms sending migrants to California

As you may have already heard, Gov. Newsom of California lashed out at Gov. DeSantis for sending a plane load of migrants to Sacramento. Newsom immediately suggested DeSantis might be guilty of kidnapping.

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There were actually two separate flights and now California is investigating.

More than a dozen migrants were transported from Texas to New Mexico before being flown to Sacramento and left on the doorstep of a local church Friday “without any advance warning,” Newsom said over the weekend.

On Monday, a plane carrying 20 more migrants arrived in Sacramento. California Department of Justice officials said both groups were flown by the same contractor and were carrying documents linking the state of Florida to their relocation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“My Administration is also working with the California Department of Justice to investigate the circumstances around who paid for the group’s travel and whether the individuals orchestrating this trip misled anyone with false promises or have violated any criminal laws, including kidnapping,” Newsom said.

Why is it so hard for Newsom to believe anyone wants to go to California? For the first two days DeSantis and Florida said nothing about who was responsible but today the confirmed it.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, Alecia Collins, the communications director for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said that the migrants’ relocation to California had been “voluntary,” and that they had been taken to a nonprofit.

“Through verbal and written consent, these volunteers indicated they wanted to go to California,” Ms. Collins wrote. “A contractor was present and ensured they made it safely to a third party N.G.O. The specific N.G.O., Catholic Charities, is used and funded by the federal government.”

Ms. Collins, the Florida official, pointed out that cities with Democratic mayors have bused migrants to other parts of the country.

“Suddenly, when Florida sends illegal aliens to a sanctuary city, it’s false imprisonment and kidnapping,” she said in her statement.

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If the talking points about kidnapping sound familiar that’s because we heard the same thing after DeSantis arranged a flight of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. Those migrants have since filed a lawsuit against DeSantis and the state of Florida.

Perhaps aware of what was coming, this time the state had the migrants fill out paperwork and made a video in which they seem pretty happy about a free flight to California.

So the migrants seem happy and Gov. DeSantis is happy. The only person who isn’t happy is Gov. Newsom who now has to live up to his sanctuary state principles and take care of these people for the next six months or however long it is before they can legally get jobs and care for themselves. Newsom is right about one thing. California isn’t Martha’s Vineyard. It’s not a small island with limited space it’s the country’s most populous state. So he’s really got nothing to whine about over 30-some migrants. Add them to the roll of dependents. It’s something California has a lot of experience with.

I don’t think Newsom really cares about the migrants or their dignity. He’s been trying to start a fight with a red state governor for quite a few months now and everyone knows it’s because he wants to show himself to be a progressive fighter, someone people on the left might want to consider as a future presidential candidate. If DeSantis is using these people to make a political point, so is Newsom. Send him a few thousand more migrants (only the ones who volunteer to go, of course) by bus or by plane. Let Newsom show us how this crisis ought to be handled instead of just sitting on the sidelines as a Twitter critic.

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John Stossel 1:00 PM | June 15, 2024
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