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On Tuesday his administration admitted to helping transport migrants to Sacramento from Texas, releasing footage of the migrants being transported on a private jet.
Speaking during a trip to the southern border on Wednesday, the Presidential hopeful said that he would continue to support states that would not provide sanctuary to migrants.
DeSantis said: 'If there's a policy to have an open border, then I think the sanctuary jurisdictions should be the ones that have to bear that.
'We are not a sanctuary in Florida, we know people want to come and so the more we can divert before we even have to get there is good for our state.
Governor DeSantis, pictured here last week, said that he would continue to support states that would not provide sanctuary to migrants.
Migrants of various nationalities rest in a temporary camp, in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, 22 May 2023
He continued: 'California, they have a big budget deficit and we have a big budget surplus and so we have an ability to do things like support police and help out Texas.
'If a sheriff asks for our support in Texas we view this as an American problem we don't view it just as a Texas problem, we will send resources to Texas to do that if they want transport. We want to be helpful for that.'
The Florida Division of Emergency Management released footage of the migrants being transported on a private jet, listening to music, signing waivers and appearing to enjoy themselves.
'We made it to California,' said an alleged migrant in a selfie video which revealed behind him the turbo prop de Havilland plane he and the others arrived on.
'Thank God, very thankful to God,' he said in Spanish while standing on the tarmac at Sacramento Executive Airport.
In an accompanying statement, Alecia Collins, the communications director for the department, said the relocation was consensual. 'As you can see from this video, Florida's voluntary relocation is precisely that - voluntary,' she wrote.
It is not clear exactly who took the videos and pictures but some appear to