DeSantis puts $8 million in budget to send illegal immigrants to Biden’s home state and Martha’s Vineyard

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TALLAHASSEE, FL- There’s a saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” That is true in life and in politics, and for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, he just laid down the gauntlet for the Biden administration.

According to Fox News, DeSantis is proposing an $8 million budget allocation to take illegal aliens transported to the Sunshine State and ship them elsewhere…Martha’s Vineyard and Delaware, for example.

“In yesterday’s budget, I put in $8 million for us to be able to transport people here illegally out of the state of Florida,” America’s governor said at a Friday press conference.

“It’s somewhat tongue in cheek, but it is true, if you sent them to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard or some of these places, that border would be secure the next day.”

The references were not so veiled shots at Biden, who is from Delaware as he constantly reminds us, and Barack Obama, who apparently has a “global climate change”-proof oceanfront mansion in Martha’s Vineyard.

The allocation was included in DeSantis’s Freedom First Budget, which the governor says will protect against harm caused by illegal immigration. The money would be used for the transportation of unauthorized aliens from Florida to other states or the District of Columbia.

Neither the White House, nor the Obama Foundation responded to request for comment from The Epoch Times about DeSantis’s not-so-veiled shot at Biden and Obama.

In addition, DeSantis is encouraging more counties to participate in a program known as the 287(g) program, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program whereby anyone arrested on criminal charges and booked into county jails in Florida are asked about their immigration status. Another proposal would include the listing of convicted illegal aliens on a public website.

This isn’t the first time DeSantis has suggested sending illegal aliens to Delaware.

Last month, he said his office was exploring legal recourse after it was found the administration had sent some 70 flights full of illegal aliens to Jacksonville, Florida after they had been picked up along the southern border with Mexico.

“We’re going to get together and figure out what we can do in the immediate term to protect folks in Florida,” DeSantis told reporters at the time, explaining his options were limited due to federal controls on immigration policies.

He complained that if they are not doing that, “then clearly the state should be able to come in and provide protection, and so that’s what we’re going to be looking to do.”

“If they’re going to come here, we’ll provide buses,” DeSantis said. “I will send them to Delaware,” an obvious shot at Biden.

This week’s proposal, according to the Miami Herald, would be paid for by interest accrued from federal funds. In other words, Biden would be in essence paying to have illegal aliens ostensibly sent to his home state.

“One of the priorities that we’ve been working on for many months now, and we’ll continue to work with the legislature when they get back is dealing with the fallout from the reckless border policies of the Biden administration,” DeSantis said.

He promised his administration would be proposing a “series of legislative reforms” to push back against Biden’s open borders agenda, including barring any contractors who assist the administration transport migrants into and across Florida from future contracts with the state.

“We have a responsibility to stand up for the rule of law,” the governor said.

As most people are aware, Biden’s border policies have proven to be an abject disaster, with the Department of Homeland Security confirming they expected in excess of two million illegal aliens to cross the border by the end of this year. Republicans have slammed the administration’s inept response to what has amounted to an invasion at the southern border.

“Our immigration system is on fire, and bad policies are fanning the flames wrote Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX), who represents the 23rd Texas Congressional District, which abuts the US-Mexico border, in a recent essay.

If DeSantis is looking for more places to send illegal aliens from Florida, might we suggest the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) owns a multi-million dollar, 3,332 square foot mansion.

Another option would be Saint Helena, California, otherwise known as Napa Valley, where Pelosi owns a 16.55 acre vineyard with a 3,314 square foot home on it.

Or how about Manhattan, where MSNBC’s resident anti-white racist Joy Reid lives? We hear Roosevelt Island is nice this time of year. She also reportedly has a home in Pembroke Pines, FL., but DeSantis is trying to get these folks out of Florida.

Another stellar choice would be Beverly Hills, California, where a whole bevy of Hollywood loudmouths live who, if they are not hypocrites, should welcome any and all illegals from Florida. After all, they are more than happy to lecture the rest of us. Turnabout is fair play, right?

DeSantis puts  million in budget to send illegal immigrants to Biden's home state and Martha's Vineyard

This isn’t the first time DeSantis suggested sending illegals to Delaware. For more on that, we invite you to:

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TALLAHASSEE, FL- “America’s governor” strikes again.

On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) lit up Joe Biden and his useless Department of Homeland Security for sending illegal aliens into Florida without notifying his office (or anyone else in government for that matter), and suggested he may continue their trip and send them up to Delaware (where Biden’s home and vacation home are), according to Right Scoop. 

DeSantis said:

“Again, this is not something that we’re given ahead of time, this is something that we find after the fact. I talked to the folks at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority—feds come in, they do it, they’ve got a bus.

“My view would be why don’t we…if they’re going to come here, we’ll provide the buses…I will send them to Delaware. I mean, if he’s not going to support the border being secured, then he should be able to have everyone there.

“So we will do whatever we can in that regard. We are absolutely going to do everything we can.”

The Daily Wire reported the Florida governor’s remarks came after an illegal alien—who had posed as a minor but was actually in his early twenties—was flown to Florida where he murdered a father of four in Jacksonville.

“There’s no notification to the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “These are done mostly in the middle of the night. And it’s clandestine.

And we really have no say in it…I know when we initially got wind of this, it wasn’t through normal channels, it’s people in the federal government who are effectively leaking this to us so that we have a heads up on it.”

Here are the governor’s full remarks:

 

DeSantis noted the flights had started back in May, and said Florida law enforcement agencies are engaged in it.

The Florida governor, whose political stock has risen in the wake of his state’s successful navigation of the pandemic, said the state was looking at the possibility of going after contractors whom the administration was using to fly the illegal aliens into the state.

“We should be able to have consequences for those contractors and your ability to do business in Florida should absolutely be curtailed based on whether or not you’re bringing problems or not bringing problems,” he said.

DeSantis continued, slamming Biden’s plans to give reparations of a reported $450,000 apiece to illegals allegedly separated at the border from their families.

“The president has said that basically, they want to even pay reparations to people who came illegally, just think about that,” DeSantis said.

“You as an American, you get higher gas prices, you get higher grocery bills, you get told basically to just grin and bear it; someone breaks the law, comes illegally, and they’re going to cut him a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars. That is just unbelievable. But that’s what we’re dealing with.”

DeSantis also noted that the state of Florida is suing the Biden administration in court, although he admitted they do not seem to care about what the courts say or the illegality of what they do.

“But even then, you saw what happened with the OSHA decision,” DeSantis said.

“It was stayed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, meaning not in effect, and what did the Biden administration say to businesses? ‘Ignore the court and follow our rule anyways.’

And so, I think they basically said, ‘No, to hell with these court decisions,’ they’re going to do whatever they feel like doing. And so that’s something that’s problematic, because we can even win in court, and they may disregard doing that,” he said.

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In case you missed our original story on the murder of the father of four, we invite you to:

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JACKSONVILLE, FL — An illegal alien who portrayed himself as a minor has been arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of a man who took him into his home and employed him.

On Oct. 7, police responded to a report of a man covered in blood walking along a road.

When police located him, the blood-covered suspect told authorities he was 17 years old and that his name was Reynel Alexander Hernandez.

The suspect had provided identification that indicated he was 17 years old, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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Police followed a trail of blood back to a house where they found Francisco Javier Cuellar, 46, stabbed to death. Cuellar, a father of four, had taken in the suspect, who was living in Cuellar’s home and was employed by him.

An investigation determined that the suspect was involved in the murder of Cuellar so he was arrested Oct. 10.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said it found out from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Oct. 13 that the suspect’s name is Yery Medina-Ulloa.

Medina-Ulloa, who is actually 24, came into the U.S. illegally from Honduras just two months before the deadly stabbing.

Police said that Medina-Ulloa told them he got into an argument with Cuellar, who he referred to as his “uncle.” Medina-Ulloa claimed Cuellar hit him.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that surveillance video from inside the home captured the deadly incident. The Sheriff’s Office also said they recovered a knife from the area where the suspect had been walking.

New York Post reported that the Jacksonville Sheriff Office’s warrant mentioned that home security cameras showed the suspect “stabbing the victim numerous times and repeatedly hitting him with a chair.”

The warrant also mentioned that the suspect called a friend to confess and had also texted “that he had ‘killed Uncle Francisco.’”

A woman identifying herself as the mother of Medina-Ulloa, Wendy Florencia Ulloa, told Univision, the Spanish television network, that her son had told her he had taken someone else’s name to cross the border.

According to New York Post’s report, the mother claimed that her son told her he had duped border authorities in Texas several months earlier by claiming he was a teenager named Reynel Alexander Hernandez.

The mother confirmed that her son was not turned away, but taken to a shelter.  Medina-Ulloa was also given a “Notice to Appear” and then released, according to New York Post’s report.

It is not clear how the suspect ended up in Florida after being detained in Texas and whether he was transported via the Biden administration’s secret flights to resettle underage immigrants.

However, at some point Cuellar picked up Medina-Ulloa and brought him to his home in Jacksonville.

The New York Post reported last month that the Biden administration’s clandestine flight routes from Texas included stops in Jacksonville and Westchester, New York.

The suspect’s mother said her son referred to Cuellar as his uncle although the two men were not related. Medina-Ulloa allegedly told his mother:

“Mommy, he is my Uncle Frank. I live with him. But don’t worry. He treats me like a son.”

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The mother told New York Post that she was informed that after her son was arrested, he allegedly cried and admitted to killing the victim.

Officials at ICE, the Border Patrol and the Office of Refugee Resettlement did not immediately respond to New York Post’s inquiries about how Medina-Ulloa ended up in Florida.

However, Cuellar’s daughter, MaryCarmen, 18, said she knew little about the suspect, who is now charged with her father’s caught-on-video slaying.

She told New York Post that she believes he arrived from one of the Biden administration’s immigration flights:

“My dad told me one day he was going to the airport, and then this guy came out of nowhere and was at work the next day. I didn’t really ask questions.”

The daughter said the suspect moved in with Cuellar, who put him to work at the family business — La Raza Mexican Store.

During a phone interview, MaryCarmen indicated that her father was compassionate about poor people:

“My dad seemed like he was doing a favor for somebody because where [Ulloa] came from they are super poor.

“We feel that someone asked my dad to do it. My dad was really compassionate like that, he would help someone who needed it.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is already suing the Biden administration over its “catch and release” policy — and sources confirmed to New York Post that his office is also investigating whether Medina-Ulloa arrived in Jacksonville on one of the clandestine flights.

DeSantis’ office released a statement to media, saying:

“This horrific crime is the latest example of how unfettered illegal migration costs Floridians’ lives.

“If not for the Biden Administration’s unlawful ‘catch and release’ policy, Mr. Cuellar would still be alive today.

“Governor DeSantis is committed to doing everything in his power to keep Floridians safe. But as long as the Biden Administration persists in refusing to enforce our country’s immigration laws, Americans are at needless risk.

“How many more lives will be lost before the Biden Administration decides to uphold the law?”

Medina-Ulloa is being held without bond, and ICE has a hold on him. Jail records show the suspect had been in Jacksonville for two months, according to a report by News4Jax.

On Medina-Ulloa’s behalf, a public defender pleaded not guilty on Nov. 4 to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges in the case.

News4Jax was notified of Medina-Ulloa’s Thursday hearing by DeSantis’ office, which is unusual. His office typically does not reach out to local news about murder cases, according to News4Jax.

News4Jax asked his administration why it chose this particular case, and a spokesperson said because the administration was concerned about illegal immigration in Jacksonville and across the state.

News4Jax spoke with DeSantis’ Sr. Policy Advisor Larry Keefe and asked him where the information about Medina-Ulloa arriving on one of the Jacksonville flights came from.

Keefe said:

“We do not know exactly the source of that. There’s some media reporting. Unfortunately, we’ve become very reliant on what is reported in the media as to what was happening with flights coming into Florida.”

When News4Jax asked Keefe who is helping the illegal immigrants get on the planes, Keefe replied:

“Right now that‘s what we’re trying to find out.

“There’s indication that private aircraft charter companies are involved with the aviation facet, that private bus charter companies and non-governmental organizations, social support agencies that are involved in the process.”

DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw emailed News4Jax and wrote that despite repeated requests for information, the governor’s office had not received any information about the migrant flights from the Biden administration:

“They do not tell state authorities who the migrants are (and clearly in some cases the federal government does not know their real identities at the time of transport).

“The Biden Admin does not even give us basic info like how many migrants are being transported, how/if they are vetted, how many flights there are planned, when the flights come to Jacksonville, where the migrants are being resettled in Florida, etc.

“If the Biden Administration is confident that their open border policy is good for our country, why the secrecy? Why not provide any information to state and local authorities in the communities that are impacted by this policy, including here in Florida?”

The News4Jax I-TEAM discovered records showing 21 Avelo Airlines flights landing in Jacksonville in the past three months. That airline has been coming from places like Burbank, Houston, El Paso, Austin and McAllen, Texas.

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