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Ron DeSantis, governor: Migrants in Massachusettes, punishing Disney – Tallahassee Democrat

  • This went viral: DeSantis confronted backlash for telling college students to take away their masks
  • After Disney’s CEO vowed to repeal “Do not Say Homosexual” invoice, DeSantis requested lawmakers to punish Disney

Gov. Ron DeSantis is no stranger to controversy.

On Wednesday, the Florida governor sent almost 50 migrants to Martha’s Winery in Massachusetts to protest President Biden and unlawful immigration. 

A spokeswoman confirmed the transfer, a part of a $12 million program the state approved to take away undocumented immigrants.

“States like Massachusetts, New York and California will higher facilitate the care of those people who they’ve invited into our nation by incentivizing unlawful immigration by their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and help for the Biden administration’s open border insurance policies,” Taryn Fenske, DeSantis’ communications director, stated.

Whereas DeSantis ordered the transportation of the overseas nationals, preliminary studies from the island have been much less clear concerning the causes for them being despatched to Massachusetts and the place they got here from.

DeSantis sends migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, lashing out against President Biden’s border policy

The Cape Cod Times reported the migrants had been put on a plane with nothing greater than a brochure from the island’s neighborhood providers middle — about two miles from the airport. The arrivals then walked from the airport to the middle, officers stated. 

Listed here are different instances DeSantis had nationwide Twitter abuzz.

‘Do not Say Homosexual’ invoice, Cease WOKE Act

In March, DeSantis signed into legislation new restrictions on dialogue of sexual orientation or gender id in Florida faculties, derided by opponents because the “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice and one of the crucial battled-over items of laws this session.

The measure drew criticism from the LGBTQ neighborhood nationwide, Hollywood and the White Home, and even drew walkouts in faculties throughout the state from college students involved about its potential impression.

The laws was ridiculed by hosts Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall throughout their opening feedback on the 94th annual Academy Awards.

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However DeSantis defended the prohibition as serving to mother and father management their youngsters’s schooling. The laws was formally titled Parental Rights in Training.

 “We’ll be sure that mother and father can ship their children to highschool to get an schooling, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis stated.

Click on here to learn the total story by John Kennedy of USA TODAY Community-Florida’s Capital Bureau.

DeSantis vs. Disney

In April, DeSantis signed a invoice to strip the Walt Disney Co. the authority to control its 37-mile Central Florida leisure empire.

DeSantis had known as on lawmakers to punish Disney for its CEO’s vow to repeal a Dad and mom’ Rights in Training legislation authorized in March.

Critics stated that legislation, which has been derided because the “Do not Say Homosexual invoice,” is hostile to LGBTQ+ youth and exposes college districts to lawsuits.

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“You’re a company primarily based in Burbank, California, and also you’re gonna marshal your financial would possibly to assault the mother and father of my state. We view that as a provocation, and we’re going to combat again in opposition to that,” DeSantis stated on the invoice signing.

Click on here to learn the total story about DeSantis dismantling particular Disney district by USA TODAY Community-Florida reporter James Call.

DeSantis unchained: Disney fight shows a powerful governor, emboldened and vengeful

DeSantis chastises college students for carrying masks

Irked by the sight of highschool college students carrying masks throughout a March press convention on the College of South Florida, DeSantis inspired them to take away the facial coverings, calling their use “COVID theater.”

“You wouldn’t have to put on these masks,” DeSantis stated in video captured by WFLA Information Channel 8, Tampa’s NBC station. “Please take them off. Actually, it is not doing something. We have gotta cease with this COVID theater. So when you wanna put on it, effective, however that is ridiculous.”

No less than two college students eliminated their masks on the governor’s request, in line with the video.

The governor had outlawed masks mandates in Florida faculties. His remarks to the scholars was proof of his disdain for voluntary mask-wearing, and mistrust of the science behind it.

Click on here to learn the total story by Zac Anderson, a USA TODAY Community-Florida journalist primarily based on the Herald Tribune.

Florida turns into first state to suggest not giving children COVID vaccine

Defying steerage from the nation’s prime infectious illness and pediatric well being specialists, Florida Surgeon Normal Joseph Ladapo introduced in March that the state would turn into the primary to suggest that wholesome children not get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Ladapo made the announcement on the finish of a roundtable dialogue in West Palm Seashore that Gov. Ron DeSantis convened to debate “failures” within the response to COVID-19.

Florida “goes to be the primary state to formally suggest in opposition to the COVID-19 vaccines for wholesome youngsters,” Ladapo stated, with out elaborating on the main points or rationale for the forthcoming steerage from the state Division of Well being.

Click on here to learn the total story. 

Fired COVID knowledge scientist Rebekah Jones

In Might 2020, Rebekah Jones, the scientist who created Florida’s COVID-19 knowledge portal wasn’t simply faraway from her place, she stated she was fired by the Florida Department of Health for refusing to control knowledge.

Rebekah Jones stated in an e mail to FLORIDA TODAY that she single-handedly created two purposes in two languages, 4 dashboards, six distinctive maps with layers of information performance for 32 variables overlaying a half 1,000,000 traces of information. Her goal was to create a means for Floridians and researchers to see what the COVID-19 state of affairs was in actual time.

Then, she was dismissed.

Rebekah Jones:Florida scientist said she was fired for ‘refusing to manipulate’ COVID-19 data

What adopted was a public combat between Jones, the state division of well being and DeSantis.

DeSantis slammed Jones, questioning her credentials and portray her as a disruptive worker and a prison.

In December 2020, state police brandishing firearms raided her house in Tallahassee.

“They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed weapons at my children,” Jones tweeted. 

A video accompanying the submit reveals Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement brokers in vests on the entrance door with weapons drawn, asking who else was in the home. She stated her husband and two youngsters have been inside as they escorted her out of the home.

Rebekah Jones raid:Agents search home of fired Florida data scientist who built COVID-19 dashboard

FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger despatched a press release confirming the seizure of laptop tools at Jones’ house.

Jones tweeted: “They took my telephone and the pc I exploit each day to submit the case numbers in Florida, and faculty instances for all the nation. They took proof of corruption on the state degree. They claimed it was a couple of safety breach. This was DeSantis. He despatched the Gestapo.”

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Contributing: Jim Waymer and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, FLORIDA TODAY; Jeffrey Schweers, Tallahassee Democrat

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