GOP governors are getting some good news from the voting public. A a new poll shows Republican voters overwhelmingly back GOP governors’ policies to transport illegal immigrants to leftist “sanctuary cities” that welcome the migrants. According to a CBS News Battleground Tracker poll, 87% of Republicans, 48% of Independents, and 20% of Democrats approve of the policy. The Hill reports:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) earlier this month caused an uproar when he chartered flights to take nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. The move infuriated Democrats, who accused DeSantis of taking advantage of the migrants for a political stunt, and made even some Republicans privately uneasy.
DeSantis is widely considered a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender and has been building a national profile on hot-button issues that include immigration.
He has defended the flights as “clearly voluntary” and told Fox News’s Sean Hannity last week that areas like Martha’s Vineyard “said they wanted this, they said they were a sanctuary jurisdiction.”
But DeSantis isn’t the first governor to send migrants to more liberal states. He and the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona have together sent more than 13,000 migrants by bus and by air to liberal-led Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and Martha’s Vineyard.
According to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, voters were nearly evenly tied on the issue of transporting criminal aliens to leftist jurisdictions.