A jet reportedly transporting immigrants from Texas to an airport near Joe Biden’s Delaware summer home is reportedly stopping – at least temporarily – in New Jersey, but that hasn’t stopped the threat of another Florida-backed immigration transport. US policy.
The day began Tuesday with reports that a chartered jet was bound for Georgetown Delaware Coastal Airport.
It was the same plane used last week in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ scheme to transport nearly 50 migrants, mostly Venezuelans, to the small luxury destination island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
The Delaware airstrip is near the president’s home in Rehoboth Beach.
public data showed that the state of Florida paid the jet company nearly $1 million the day before the flight, and conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz have openly called for surprise immigrant flights to Rehoboth Beach.
At 8:40 pm ET, the plane, which left Texas Tuesday afternoon after hours of delay, remained at a planned stop in Teterboro, New Jersey, according to publicly available flight data.
The flight’s destination remains unknown, and DeSantis said on Tuesday, he “cannot confirm” the transport reports, but even the threat of another surprise eviction of migrants has spurred officials at all levels of government.
On the floor in Delawareemployees and social service providers in the Georgetown area prepared for an influx of migrants, working with the governor’s office, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services in coordination with local groups.
State officials said the governor’s office had not received any notice of a flight from Texas or Florida.
The White House also said it is helping to coordinate the planning.
“We are coordinating closely with state officials and local service providers who are prepared to welcome these families in an orderly manner as they pursue their asylum claims,” the White House press secretary said. Karine Jean Pierre told reporters on Tuesday.
Biden took a more lighthearted tone, joking about the flight to Delaware and urging Governor DeSantis to visit the state.
“He should come visit us, we have a beautiful coastline,” Biden said. told reporters on Tuesday, when asked to respond to DeSantis’ latest move.
At an event on Tuesday, DeSantis defended Florida’s controversial migrant flights, even as legal scrutiny of the plan assemblies.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions must bear the brunt of open borders,” said the GOP governor.
He also accused the Biden administration of boosting record immigration, although Biden maintained many of Donald Trump’s toughest border policiesand a variety of factors far beyond the White House are causing the spike.
“He inherited a border that wasn’t like that,” DeSantis said. “He created a crisis.”
The White House fired on the Florida governor on Tuesday, accusing him of abusing vulnerable people.
“When you think about what is happening in Venezuela, when you think about what is happening in Nicaragua, when you think about what is happening in Cuba – they are fleeing political persecution only to be used as a political pawn by the Governor of Florida”. press secretary Karine Jean Pierre said.
Migrants aboard the Martha’s Vineyard flight sued Governor DeSantis on Tuesday, calling the trip a “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme” because it allegedly used false claims about immigration aid and work permits to lure asylum seekers aboard. (Mr. DeSantis denied making any false claims to migrants or coercing them.)
With immigration showing no signs of slowing, and Texas Governors Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott facing re-election races, controversial migrant transports are likely to continue.
“There will also be buses and there will likely be more flights,” DeSantis said on Friday. “The Legislature gave me $12 million. We’re going to spend every penny of it to make sure we’re protecting the people of the state of Florida.”
Abbott, whose “Operation Lone Star” transported more than 10,000 immigrants to liberal cities across the country, also promised more of the same.
“Texas will continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, DC until President Biden and Border Czar Harris step up and do their work to secure the border,” he said. said last week in a statement.