ORLANDO, Fla. — Standing side by side, about a dozen community and faith leaders decried the governor’s decision to use state tax dollars to pay for the flights of undocumented migrants to fly to Martha’s Vineyard.
One person called it a “political game, a political play” so DeSantis could become president.
But while groups have sided against the decision, Gov. Ron DeSantis is not backing down, saying it’s all for the safety of people in Florida.
“The asylum process is being abused because they’re trained by activist groups to claim asylum,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis spoke in Daytona Beach on Friday, explaining that he’s been working with the Texas governor at the border to make sure those coming in don’t make their way to Florida and instead offer flights to other places like Massachusetts.
About $12 million set aside for the state’s transportation plan, part of the $100 million budget, was used for the flight.
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