Ron DeSantis: Florida governor takes credit for sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis is taking credit for sending two planes carrying about 50 migrants to the wealthy island of Martha’s Vineyard.

It is part of the state’s programme to send migrants to “sanctuary destinations”, a statement says.

This appears to be an escalation of a tactic which has seen Republican states send migrants to Democratic areas.

Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts, is a resort and traditional summer destination for Hollywood stars.

The island – with its population of around 20,000 – was famously used as the location for the 1975 Steven Spielberg classic Jaws. Former President Barack Obama is among those who have holiday homes in the area.

“Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” Governor DeSantis’s communications director Taryn Fenske said in a statement.

The migrants, including children, arrived…

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