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For Florida Republicans, the legislative session borrowed from an emotionally charged agenda set in part by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate for 2024, here at a COVID-19 vaccination drive on Feb.... For Florida Republicans, the legislative session borrowed from an emotionally charged agenda set in part by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate for 2024, here at a COVID-19 vaccination drive on Feb. 4, 2021, in Aventura, Florida. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 16, 2022 10:05 p.m.

Most of the news discussion about the DeSantis/Martha’s Vineyard saga appears to have moved on to chin-scratching pieces about what it all means or how the politics might shake out. That’s premature. The fact that DeSantis would pull a stunt like this is entirely unsurprising if also morally obscene. But if it was his work why did he fly migrants from Texas? There’s been no clear or really any explanation for why this would be the case. He’s vaguely suggested that he was flying them from Texas before they could come to Florida. But the details about how the migrants were found in San Antonio doesn’t suggest anything like that. DeSantis won’t discuss it.

It also seems clear that this wasn’t arranged by actual government employees. At a minimum it was delegated to private parties who quite possibly broke a few laws to do it. The woman “Perla” seems to have disappeared and gave one migrant a card with only her first name and a phone number. That’s not a government employee, at least not one working on the books.

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