Governor, what were you thinking?
Why did the governor of Florida take it upon himself to move 48 forcible immigrants, at Florida taxpayer expense, from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard? There were a lot of things wrong with this including:
- The immigrants were not told what was happening.
- I have prioritized cruelty and disorder over human dignity.
- Migrants were treated like goods, that is, at the border with human trafficking.
- Martha’s Vineyard staff were not notified in advance.
- Martha’s Vineyard had to get translators and social service volunteers to deal with the unexpected situation
- Venezuelan Americans called it a “morally disgusting” political ploy. You lied to the Cuban and Venezuelan communities when you said earlier that you would not send immigrants from either country out of the country.
Everyone agrees that the immigration problem in the United States needs action, but this political ploy is not the answer.
In short, we believe that this was a purely political ploy and that our taxes should not have been used for it. The governor must reimburse the state for the expenses incurred by this disaster.
Florida residents, please remember what this cruel and vengeful person did when you voted in November.
Fleming and Judy Law, Indialantic
Don’t use taxpayer money for political hysteria, and it’s fodder for the MAGA base
A September 17 Washington Post article stated that “Two flights of the Ultimate Air Shuttle have departed from San Antonio – not Florida – according to Jeffrey Freeman, manager of Martha’s Vineyard.”
“Most of them plan to come to Florida,” Governor Ron DeSantis responded, adding later, “Our view is that you have to deal with it at the source.” So why don’t we send planes to Venezuela and pick them up at the real source and save these people from the long, arduous and dangerous journey to Texas?
What do we spend taxpayer money on in Florida? The hypothesis that immigrants in another state might come to Florida? How were these particular people chosen? Was there a survey? Or they may have chosen the more scientific method “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe”. This makes as much sense as DeSantis.
I don’t appreciate using my money for political hysteria. I think the state owes Charlie Crest the same amount he spent in this fiasco of his campaign. After all, that’s all it was – campaign fodder for the MAGA base.
Marcia Ramirez, Palm Bay