Three immigrant rights groups from Florida gathered to sue the state’s Governor Ron DeSantis over the flights packed with migrants he sent to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts earlier this fall.
The lawsuit was filed by Florida Immigrant Coalition, Americans for Immigrant Justice, and Hope Community Center.
Their arguments are that both DeSantis and the state’s Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue had infringed upon the immigration system with their actions by creating a parallel immigration system of their own.
Rules for thee, but not for me
The rights groups specifically asked for the court to strike down a section of the state’s 2022 Appropriations Act, which devoted $12 million to transport the immigrants out of the state into sanctuary cities.
Actions speak louder than words.
No matter how KJP tries to spin it, Joe Biden’s actions show us that he is pro-illegal immigration.
— Rep. Mike Loychik (@MikeLoychik) December 1, 2022
However, 50 immigrants are nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands that enter the country illegally at the southern border. While that’s just the amount that’s been sent to Martha’s Vineyard this September, it’s almost negligible.
The lawsuit claims the efforts DeSantis made towards relocating immigrants into sanctuary cities were unconstitutional on account of supposedly violating the Supremacy Clause, which makes it so federal laws take precedence over state laws.
The immigrant rights groups made the claim that DeSantis attempted to supplant federal immigration law with his own state policy, which is categorically untrue.
Biden Labor Secretary Marty Walsh on immigration: "Some people are so focused on the southern border and that’s really not the issue." pic.twitter.com/hpcLs3K0Zb
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 3, 2022
They’ve got nothing on DeSantis
More specifically, the lawsuit the three groups filed also touches on Florida’s supposedly “incoherent” definition of the term “illegal alien,” which apparently doesn’t match up with the current immigration laws.
The groups also accused the governor of violating the 14th Amendment by “targeting people of color” to determine their immigration status, which isn’t applicable to anything DeSantis has done while in his position.
This wasn’t the first lawsuit filed against DeSantis. Migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard filed one of their own, claiming they were deceived into getting on the flights, even though the on-location interviewers found that not to be true.
In spite of all the hate he gets from the Democrats, DeSantis has maintained the status of one of the most successful governors to date. This is even more impressive, seeing as he turned Florida from a commonly purple state into a deep red one.
Trump supporters need to stop attacking DeSantis Supporters and DeSantis Supporters need to stop attacking Trump supporters. Stop the infighting enough. Democrats love the division. Don’t let them separate us.
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) December 3, 2022
Saying DeSantis’ results from the midterms were impressive would be an understatement, as he dominated his opponents with ease, earning himself a second term as the state’s governor.
However, it’s highly possible for DeSantis to opt for a shot at the presidential spot instead. His popularity among Republicans is growing with each passing day, as anti-Trump conservatives search for different options.
DeSantis is fairly quiet and probably carefully deciding on a potential candidacy with his family and associates. It will be a long time before we see how consolidated the GOP is at this point.This article appeared in The Record Daily and has been published here with permission.