Yes, DeSantis used migrants as political pawns and it was a masterstroke

Judging by the intensity of the Left’s indignation over Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to fly four dozen migrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week, it’s safe to say he struck a nerve.

DeSantis’ move was a masterstroke. Unless you happen to live in a border state, it’s relatively easy to forget how dire the crisis has become. Democrats wanted it to stay that way. After all, it’s so much easier to support the Biden administration’s reckless agenda when you are insulated from the consequences.

This, combined with fellow Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbotts’ choice to bus migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’ Naval Observatory residence last week, captured Americans’ attention. The one-two punch brought the issue of this administration’s refusal to enforce U.S. immigration laws to center stage. Suddenly, everyone was talking about it.

Democrats were outraged by the whole affair and took to the airwaves to express their anger. Their commentary sounded like satire, but was, unfortunately, real. DeSantis had used human beings as political pawns, they railed. This was especially ironic given that only 48 migrants were involved, an infinitesimal fraction of the thousands of illegal immigrants who pour over our open southern border every day.

The tiny island lacked the resources to handle 48 migrants, they argued, as if the small towns along the U.S./Mexican border do. The most absurd accusation came from the repellent Hillary Clinton during a Friday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The harridan agreed with host Joe Scarborough’s remarkable claim that this was “literally human trafficking.”

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley offered a detailed explanation on why this claim is “legal nonsense” on his website. He wrote: “The Justice Department has long interpreted its mandate for prosecution under this provision as addressing ‘a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.’”

Considering the chaos that ensued after the planes landed, one would be forgiven for thinking serious calamity had struck the island paradise. Community officials instantly went into a state of high alert and a “humanitarian crisis” was declared. MV’s Island Wide Regional Emergency Management issued a statement that read: “Town Emergency Management Operations from the six Island towns and the Sheriff’s Office, as well as County Management are actively collaborating to develop a coordinated regional response.” Additionally, they “reached out to our State and Federal partners for additional and long-term support and assistance.”

Ultimately, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, saved the day by activating the state’s National Guard. The troops transported the migrants off the island and placed them in military barracks at Joint Base Cape Cod.

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, who represents “the most beautiful part of Massachusetts,” tweeted: “Our island jumped into action putting together 50 beds, giving everyone a good meal, providing a play area for the children, making sure people have the healthcare and support they need. We are a community that comes together to support immigrants.”

The state lawmaker directed those who wanted to help the migrants to a GoFundMe fundraiser entitled “Urgent plea to help Martha’s Vineyard migrants,” which raised over $43,000. As it turns out, however, the money will not benefit the migrants. As per the fundraiser’s creator, it will be directed “to the MV Community Foundation, to distribute to the organizations with the most need.”

At any rate, the next day, Fernandez added an amusing update: “All the immigrant families who would like to leave are being given the option to go to an equipped facility on Cape Cod where they will be met with wrap around services …“ (Emphasis added.)

His message could not be misconstrued: The migrants needed to leave the island as soon as possible.

Republicans simply stated the obvious. Following an update on the “current humanitarian crisis” from MV Emergency Management Association on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), tweeted, “If 50 constitutes a humanitarian crisis in Martha’s Vineyard, what the hell is 4.2 MILLION?”

Cruz appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Friday night and pointed out, “The Democrats did not think it was a humanitarian crisis when we pulled over 50 bodies and body bags out of a truck in Texas of illegal immigrants who died because the smugglers let them die of heat exposure.”

The Texas senator continued, “Right now, the biggest human trafficker on the face of the planet is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.”

According to Cruz and numerous other sources, 4.2 million immigrants have entered the U.S. illegally since President Joe Biden was elected. If no action is taken, by the end of his first (and hopefully only) term, the number could easily top 8 million.

The cartels have gained power and wealth and are said to be running the border. The massive quantities of dangerous drugs being smuggled into the country have made overdose deaths the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 45. The border is not secure.

That Democrats are outraged over this is laughable when this number is literally dwarfed by their own use of millions of migrants to expand their voter base. Their objective is to import a new bloc of future voters to guarantee their hold on power.

To the bleeding hearts who argue that we are all descendants of immigrants, I would point out one very major difference. Our ancestors, who came here legally, didn’t expect to be taken care of by the welfare state. They were looking to work hard and pursue the American dream.

Border state governors must continue busing migrants to sanctuary cities. It’s working.



A previous version of this article appeared on The Washington Examiner.

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