Ron DeSantis says Gavin Newsom and Biden want 'open borders' as he furiously ... trends now

Ron DeSantis says Gavin Newsom and Biden want 'open borders' as he furiously ... trends now
Ron DeSantis says Gavin Newsom and Biden want 'open borders' as he furiously ... trends now

Ron DeSantis says Gavin Newsom and Biden want 'open borders' as he furiously ... trends now

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis clashed with California Governor Gavin Newsom on immigration and the border in their debate Thursday night, accusing the Democrat and President Joe Biden of backing 'open borders'.

During the debate, moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity, Newsom claimed DeSantis while a member of Congress 'supported amnesty' for migrants who entered the country illegally.

'You supported John Boehner's bill...You supported Obama's efforts to advance comprehensive reform,' said Newsom, calling DeSantis 'the last guy you want to talk to on the issue of immigration.'

DeSantis, who was a US House representative from 2013 to 2019 before running for governor, slammed that claim as 'false' and said that he 'killed John Boehner's bill.'

'It is deja vu all over again with that flurry of lies. This is a guy that says the Biden administration is not lying to the public about the border,' said the Republican. 'We know that that's not true. Gavin Newsom is lying to you.' 

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis

California Governor Gavin Newsom

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis (left) clashed with California Governor Gavin Newsom (right) on immigration and the border in their debate Thursday night

Asked about Newsom's remarks, a spokesman for the Democrat pointed DailyMail.com to a Congressional Quarterly article showing that in 2014, DeSantis initially supported the Boehner immigration measure, but later withdrew support and voted 'no'.

The Newsom spokesman also cited DeSantis' 2018 vote in favor of HR 4760, saying it 'would have allowed DACA recipients to apply for a three-year, renewable nonimmigrant legal status.'

That measure, also supported by the majority of Republicans, failed to pass after gaining no votes of support from Democrats. 

At Thursday's debate, Newsom also needled DeSantis over his controversial move last year to fly dozens of migrants from the Texas border to Martha's Vineyard, and a subsequent similar airlift to California. 

'Your immigration policy can best be described as a governor from the state of Florida going into another state, the state of Texas, lying to migrants, promising them jobs and housing, sending them to an island, Martha's Vineyard, and then sending them to a parking lot in Sacramento, California,' said Newsom.

'I met with those migrants that you lied to under false pretense. That kind of

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