Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has hit a new low by using asylum seekers as political support. Of course, he didn’t come up with the idea (xenophobic hats off to Donald Trump!), until DeSantis sent a planeload of people from Venezuela to Martha’s Vineyard, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Governor of Arizona’s Doug Ducey sent migrants to Democratic strongholds like Chicago. and Washington, D.C.
This cruelty is taking place for the purpose of, you know, “owning the libs” and getting these lefties to understand what life is like for the MAGA states along the southern border. The fact that migrants flee violence and persecution in their home countries to seek asylum in the United States apparently does not exempt them from being used in elaborate, multi-state publicity stunts.
While Republicans have been very public about what they are doing with thousands of migrants, President Biden has been a bit quieter about the million-plus migrants his administration has turned away. (To Biden’s credit, he’s managed to make things better for children traveling alone and migrant families, though the bar set by the previous administration certainly wasn’t very high.)
Hoping that some Republican governors will be prosecuted for human trafficking, even if the traffic was headed to places like Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C.