Several Florida Democrats who are publicly expressing shock and outrage over Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) sending undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard actually voted in favor of the state budget, which appropriates $12 million for a program to do just that.
The governor signed the $109.9 billion “Freedom First” budget in June, which invests in education, law enforcement, and provides tax holidays, among other things.
A document highlighting some of the biggest initiatives in the budget explicitly states that the budget “creates a $12 million program within the Florida Department of Transportation to facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens out of Florida”:
This is notable and ironic, as many of Florida’s Democrat lawmakers who are openly condemning the administration’s decision to ship migrants to Martha’s Vineyard — calling it “cruel” and “disgusting”— voted in favor of this exact budget:
Carlos voted in favor the budget, which creates a program to ship migrants to other parts of the country. It remains unclear if he considers his own vote “depraved.”
State Rep. Anna Eskamani (D) expressed outrage, accusing GOP politicians and “alt-right media outlets” of “using public money to traffic immigrants,” calling it “disgusting, un-American and shameful.”
She also voted in favor of the Freedom First budget, which devotes millions to this program:
State Rep. Angie Nixon (D) was visibly annoyed after the DeSantis Rapid Response Director Christina Pushaw pointed out that Democrats, including Nixon herself, supported this budget. However, the Democrat simply used the complexities of the budget as an excuse and publicly expressed that she hopes DeSantis goes to prison.
Notably, Florida Senate Democrat Leader Lauren Book called the administration’s decision to spend money from the state budget to ship illegals out of the state as “puzzling,” despite the fact that money for such a program is clearly in the budget, which she also voted for:
What is more, DeSantis did not hide this program, speaking openly about his hopes that the legislature would allot money for such a program in December 2021.