The surge of Illegal Immigrants in America is finally being noticed after Republican leaders shipped them to blue states from the border. Ron Desantis just announced he’ll be shipping any illegal coming to Florida to Biden’s home state of Delaware … but one group is exempt from this.
In response to a question about a surge in Cuban migration, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuez said the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis would send migrants who arrive illegally to Delaware.
According to Local 10. Nuñez’s comments on WURN’s drew a rebuke from the two Democrats targeting DeSantis.
A spokesperson for the Governor’s campaign later said Cubans coming to South Florida would be exempt from the law.
After being asked about the historic wave of Cuban migration to South Florida, Nuñez said, in part: “That’s why the governor has worked with the legislature, to secure funding to make sure…that people that are coming illegally…that they don’t stay here with their arms crossed, thinking about what they will be able to do. We are going to send that person, frankly, to Delaware, the president’s home state.”
The Lieutenant Governor added: “This is going to be worse than Mariel, worse than everything that happened when we saw the impact of the ‘80s and to do nothing is not an option.” Local 10 has more.
Republicans in Texas and Arizona have taken similar steps in the past.
Several Democratic gubernatorial candidates reacted immediately to Nuez’s remarks.
Charlie Crist tweeted. “Playing partisan political games with Cuban refugees is a betrayal of our deepest values as Floridians and as Americans,” “These men and women are escaping a brutal and murderous regime and yearning to be free. They deserve better than to be treated as pawns in DeSantis’ political games designed to curry favor with the extremist base of the Republican Party.”
Meanwhile, candidate Nikki Fried called the Lieutenant Governor’s comments “wildly inappropriate.”
She tweeted. “Fleeing communism and tyranny to a state rich with family and culture only to be deported north by bus is cruel and wrong,”
Responding to criticism, DeSantis campaign spokesperson Christina Pushaw clarified Nuñez’s remarks vis-à-vis Cuban migrants in a tweet Saturday afternoon, drawing a distinction between Cuban migrants and those who enter the country illegally.
Pushaw says the comments were taken out of context.
“(Nuñez) clearly said that those who come illegally should be transported out of Florida, no matter where they came from,” Pushaw said. “If someone came to Miami on a raft from Cuba to escape communist repression, that person is legal (because they’re a) refugee. This isn’t hard to understand.”
The U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted more than 4,000 migrants at sea during this fiscal year. Florida is also seeing a surge in migration from violence-stricken Haiti.
It seems as if Democrats only care about illegal immigration when it’s in their states. What do you think about Desantis’ move to ship migrants out of Florida?
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