President Biden dismissed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ newest political stunt, allegedly flying a plane full of asylum seekers to the president’s home state of Delaware.
On Tuesday, as local officials hurried to prepare for the impending immigrants, Biden declined to take reporters’ questions about the GOP prank following an unrelated White House event.
“He should come to visit. We have a beautiful shoreline,” Biden said.
The plane that began the day in Texas is the same plane DeSantis used over the weekend to carry immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
DeSantis did not say whether the plane would land in Delaware.
Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) chastised DeSantis for duping immigrants into agreeing to fly 1,000 miles away to appear in court to petition for asylum.
According to a flight tracking service, the jet was scheduled to travel first to a small airstrip in the Florida Panhandle, then to Georgetown, Delaware, some 20 miles from Rehoboth Beach.
This is the same route that the flight landed on Martha’s Vineyard with 49 predominantly Venezuelan asylum seekers.
A criminal inquiry into the flights has been launched by the sheriff of San Antonio, who believes that asylum seekers were duped into boarding the trip by Florida officials who distributed fake flyers falsely promising jobs and benefits.
DeSantis and Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott have said they are sending the migrants north to Democratic-controlled cities and states such as New York and Washington, D.C., to emphasize the critical nature of the situation at the southern border
Democrats denounce it as a cynical political gimmick and accuse conservative leaders of using people as puppets.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has a rivalry with Abbott over the Lone Star State’s bus convoys transporting migrants to the Big Apple, which Hizzoner claims has stretched city resources.