Florida Democratic mayor says illegal immigrants ‘welcomed’ in his city

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Gainesville, Florida Mayor Lauren Poe says illegal immigrants are welcome in his town. 

“Instead of sending families fleeing violence in Venezuela to Martha’s Vineyard, bring them to Gainesville, along with the $12m,” Poe, a Democrat, said in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon. 

Democrat Mayor Lauren Poe said that immigrants would be welcomed in Gainesville, Florida along with the $12 M. 

Democrat Mayor Lauren Poe said that immigrants would be welcomed in Gainesville, Florida along with the $12 M.  (City of Gainesville)

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His statement follows Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis sending two planes carrying immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last Wednesday night.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded Tuesday to critics of him flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded Tuesday to critics of him flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. (WTVT)

The mayor said that immigrants would be “welcomed” and the $12 million of Florida’s budget set aside to remove migrants from the state could be used “to house them, and they will add to cultural and economic foundation of our city.”

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“It is not the responsibility of Floridians to subsidize aliens to reside in our state unlawfully; we did not consent to Biden’s open-borders agenda,” DeSantis’ office said at the time.

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