At a speech in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) drew a standing ovation when he made reference to his transfer of 50 illegal immigrants from Florida to the affluent left community of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
DeSantis spoke at a rally in Olathe, Kansas, supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate and Kansas state attorney general Derek Schmidt. The immigrants’ arrival and the following push to have them transferred quickly off the rich island dominated last week’s news.
“The southern border is the only area in the nation where we seldom ever observe law and order. And this is a catastrophe,” DeSantis continued, grinning. “It’s now receiving a bit more focus.”
Standing ovations erupted from the audience as DeSantis said, “This is a catastrophe. A crisis exists. Additionally, the problem was created by Biden’s unsuccessful policies.”
“You’re talking about 50 individuals,” DeSantis said in reference to how Martha’s Vineyard locals responded to the illegal immigration. “Did they secure them a job? Did they manage to set them up? No. The next day, they removed those persons off the island after calling in the National Guard.”
“You have a legislature here that will generate a lot of excellent legislation,” DeSantis assured the crowd as he endorsed Schmidt. “All you need is a governor willing to sign the bill. You guys can bring that about.”
DeSantis, who has been dishing out a ton of cash to back GOP candidates around the nation, spoke at a rally in Wisconsin for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels a few hours after the Kansas event. He said, “This border is now a topic in these elections,” declaring that immigration is “on the ballot” in November. “And I believe that our candidates should embrace it.”
DeSantis received praise from Michels, who referred to him as “a man who was prepared to step up and make the hard judgments.”
The political operation of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has raised a record $177.4 million, more than any other governor in history, according to a study published on Sunday. DeSantis is not being frugal with his money as he has donated millions to support Republican candidates in down-ballot races and grow the party’s dominance in the state legislature.