The migrants’ arrival on Martha’s Winery got here as a shock to the island group, generally known as a preferred trip spot for the rich and political elite, together with former President Barack Obama. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, later confirmed he was behind the transfer.

Though their journey to Massachusetts was facilitated by DeSantis, the migrants who arrived on Martha’s Winery on Wednesday got here from Texas. The DeSantis administration paid an aviation firm, Vertol Methods Firm Inc., $615,000 to move the migrants from San Antonio to the unique trip enclave. The Republican-led Florida Legislature had beforehand permitted $12 million to go towards shifting migrants out of Florida to different states, a truth DeSantis highlighted throughout a press conference at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College on Friday.

“The legislature gave me $12 million, we’re going to spend each penny of that to make it possible for we’re defending the individuals within the state of Florida,” DeSantis stated.

Taryn Fenske, communications director for DeSantis, stated on Friday: “States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will higher facilitate the care of those people who they’ve invited into our nation by incentivizing unlawful immigration by their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and assist for the Biden administration’s open border insurance policies.”

Upon arrival, lots of the migrants stated they didn’t know the place they had been and a few said they had been misled with the promise of expedited work permits and different assist. DeSantis disputed this on Friday, saying the migrants boarded the planes voluntarily after signing launch varieties, and that they had been handed packets with maps of Martha’s Winery, “so it was apparent that that’s the place they had been going.”

President Joe Biden condemned the move, calling it a “political stunt.”

“Republicans are taking part in politics with human beings, utilizing them as props. What they’re doing is solely unsuitable,” he stated Thursday at a gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

At her Friday press briefing, White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was important of DeSantis and Greg Abbott, one other Republican governor who has bussed migrants within the U.S. from Texas to cities together with Washington, New York and Chicago. These governors, Jean-Pierre stated, “handled [the migrants] like chattel in a merciless, premeditated political stunt.”

In an look on Fox Information Friday, Abbott defended his actions, saying, “What we’ve finished within the state of Texas is observe the regulation to the T to make it possible for every thing that we’ve finished comports with the federal regulation. We obtain written authorization by all people that we transport that they comply with precisely what we’re doing.”

Jean-Pierre struck a sharply completely different tone. “These are the sorts of ways we see from smugglers in locations like Mexico and Guatemala. And for what? A photograph-op?” she stated. “As a result of these governors care extra about creating political theater than creating precise options to assist.”

She additionally known as on Republicans to assist Biden’s immigration reform bill, which has floundered in Congress.

Gary Fineout contributed to this report.

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