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Desantis' Political Inhumanity at Martha's Vineyard

We must not lose sight of the topic.

Dehumanizing immigrants and asylum applicants in order to score cheap political points ahead of the election primaries.

Refugees who were seen for opponents of a Communist revolution, were rounded up, in some cases denied necessary medical treatment, tricked into boarding buses and planes, lied to about their destinations, falsely promised they would have housing and jobs when they arrived, and randomly assigned addresses of homeless shelters around the country.


If you would like to voice your concern, direct it to Governor Ron DeSantis:

Mailing Address: Office of Governor Ron DeSantis State of Florida The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Phone:(850) 717-9337



Please remember that the employee answering your phone call is probably accorded little more respect than the people whose human rights you are upholding.


Read more about Desantis’ actions: New York Times: The Story Behind DeSantis’s Migrant Flights to Martha’s Vineyard

Asylum seekers in Texas were recruited for the flights by a woman who appeared to be a former Army counterintelligence agent. “We were tricked,” one migrant said.

CNN: While DeSantis was flying legal asylum seekers to Martha's Vineyard, business owners in his state were struggling for workers

Commonweal Magazine: Desantis's Stunt

But a coordinated effort to transport migrants to places where they actually want to go would require Republican politicians to respect the agency of these people. Instead, the politicians are treating them as pawns in a game for the entertainment of their base. Each one of the men, women, and children on all these planes and buses deserves shelter, care, and, above all, respect—not false promises and a calculated disregard for their suffering.

The New Yorker: Why Ron DeSantis Thinks Weaponizing Asylum Seekers Is a Winning Strategy

After buses dropped dozens of asylum seekers in front of Vice-President Kamala Harris’s house, Abbott told a Texas radio station, “She’s the border czar, and we felt that if she won’t come down to see the border, if President Biden will not come down and see the border, we will make sure they see it firsthand. . . . And listen, there’s more where that came from.”

The Wall Street Journal: Transfers of Migrants Have Democratic Leaders Scrambling for Solutions

New York City officials said this week that the city’s emergency-shelter system is “nearing its breaking point” after the arrival of 11,000 asylum seekers since May, about 8,000 of whom are currently living in New York’s shelter system. Most of the asylum seekers said they were sent by bus from border states, according to a city spokesman.

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