Florida Governor DeSantis sends immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard

The governor shows his arrogance

I must say that Mr. DeSantis has outdone himself this time around. Sending immigrants, illegal or otherwise, to a sanctuary city proved which governor? That you and Greg Abbott from Texas think treating human beings as commodities and shipping them to another city/state accomplishes anything? What you have done is take away all dignity and pride from these immigrants for your exhibit of dogs and ponies. Sir, in my humble opinion, you are a disgusting human being. You represent the entire Florida constituency, Republicans, Democrats and Independents. What you did is no different from what the slave traders did.

It was nice of you to fly them instead of taking them by bus, by the way, who paid for that? Money from the state budget or from your pocket. Does the state of Florida have an immigration department with a secretary who would handle immigration matters? Why didn’t this department take care of these Venezuelan emigrants? Why did you have to speak up on this issue? You only showed how arrogant you are.

I’m sure many readers will agree with this deplorable treatment, but I ask them to think of their loved ones who immigrated here from another country before voting in November.

Francis Zigo, Cape Coral

Horrified by a shameful stunt

I’m actually horrified by reports that our Governor DeSantis will be airlifting 15 immigrant refugees to Martha’s Vineyard this week. Seriously? How could he use Florida funds for this shameful stunt? Florida has many places that need and would gladly accept these immigrants. As the leader of our state of Florida running for governor and president, does he expect that to reflect favorably on him? Does he have any understanding of the struggling masses of humanity “yearning to breathe free”? As a Christian, does he know the words “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? What kind of mindset and guidance would lead a person to make the decision to think their action is acceptable? Florida deserves better than that!

Cynthia CromwellNaples

Take back negative comments

I believe all negative comments regarding the movement of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard should stop. Rather, we should view this as an opportunity to learn from the liberal elites how they are solving their affordable housing problem caused by this action and for this to be a model for the rest of the country.

Don Rader, Napoli

Bad leadership, judgment

DeSantis used Florida taxpayer funds for another of his political stunts by sending 48 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Island.

Will the friendliness of year-round residents show what DeSantis doesn’t have, which is a heart or an ounce of human dignity — most likely.

Do they provide them with winter clothes to survive the harsh winters there? — not likely.

Can they find employment where many businesses close for the winter? — not likely.

Could he provide funds from the $50,000 per plate dinner he had in nearby Nantucket to feed them? — not likely.

From Florida leading the nation in COVID deaths, to several political stunts, to literally going cold turkey at these people, his resume is filled with poor leadership and judgment.

Bill Abrahamsen, Bonita Springs

The governor does the right thing

Thanks to Governor DeSantis for doing the right thing and shipping some of the illegal aliens dumped in Florida by the Biden administration.

It is high time for sanctuary cities and states to absorb their fair share.

Michael Adler, Miromar Lakes

Demagoguery costs the state

As a Florida taxpayer, I’m sick of footing the bill for Governor DeSantis’ campaign stunts. Every press conference the man stages turns into a stump speech where he refuses to answer any questions. He has spent his entire first term advancing his authoritarian agenda, turning schools into political battlegrounds, seeking to legislate his version of morality or retaliate against companies and people who publicly dare to disagree. with it while leaving aside important issues such as water quality, home insurance and affordability. housing remains unanswered.

All of these culture war policies and laws have led to a bunch of lawsuits and who is footing the bill? Floridians. It would be interesting to see how much his demagoguery cost the state.

Now he has done another stunt that is only costing our state money. Since I guess there weren’t enough immigrants in Florida, Rob decided to use our money to charter two planes to fly immigrants from TEXAS to Martha’s Vineyard. If he wants to do campaign stunts like this, he has to cover the cost out of his own pocket.

We need a governor who deals with REAL issues that affect Floridians, not a travel agent for immigrants from another state. Dump this crook.

Joyce Bunting, Fort Myers

New motto to replace the Statue of Liberty

OKAY. Let’s remove it. Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your weary, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched wastes of your teeming shore, send me these, the homeless, tossed by the storm; I raise my lamp beside of the golden gate.” (author Emma Lazare)

Let’s replace it with a new motto: let’s put up a wall:

Enter only with a PhD in science (no, sorry: we don’t trust science); Walk in with a skin-deep bank account (no, no, sorry: it could be drug money – criminals crossing the border); Come in with nothing! (No, go home! There’s enough without anything here on our shores — therefore, we have our own homeless). Enter with a Bachelor of Arts (no, sorry. You may be a socialist) Enter with a sad story, such as gangs running our country and killing and threatening our families (Sorry, the gangs here aren’t particularly friendly either ).


Patty Duncan, Fort Myers

Shame on us as a state!

Jesus said — “when you do it to the least of them — you do it to me.”

Obviously, Governor DeSantis did not hear this message or chose to ignore it!

Instead of spending state money to help these migrants settle and work, it spends the money to get them on a plane and ship them to another area of ​​responsibility! We need these people as employees — we can train them, hire them and help them become good citizens.

It’s a shame ! Shame on us as a state!

Franklin C. Warner, Fort Myers

Neither compassion nor humanity

Open letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:

Dear Sir, either you have lost your mind or you have no compassion or humanity towards your neighbour. Don’t you realize that you come across as a complete buffoon? By sending 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, you sealed your fate. You are hereby ordered to resign as Governor and you must never hold a position of public trust in any office – local, state or national.

Stephen R. McLean, Arden, North Carolina and Naples

Abuse of taxpayers’ money

Governor DeSantis misused taxpayer money to smuggle migrants from another state to Martha’s Vineyard as part of a political stunt. Migrants, herded like cattle, were shipped without knowing where they were going to a destination grossly ill-prepared to welcome them and without warning.

Tyler Strider, Cape Coral

Red meat for racist and xenophobic basis

Governor DeSantis used Florida State taxpayers’ money to transport migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. This constitutes an “embezzlement of public funds”. The money should have been applied to our woefully inadequate infrastructure instead of wasting taxpayers’ money to appeal to its racist and xenophobic base.

Somewhere along the line, the Republican Party has become the party of liars and cheats, the party of greed and corruption. Their vision is of a lawless land where those in power exercise ruthless control over the people, enslave and impoverish them, and seize all resources for themselves and their corporate contributors.

Steve Wolfson, Fort Myers


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