After California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) demanded an investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for “kidnapping” because the Republican governor flew 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, news surfaced that Newsom had previously done something similar with homeless people in his state.
According to reporting from NPR in 2006, Newsom — who was serving as the mayor of San Francisco at the time — launched the “Homeward Bound” program, which was an effort to rid the city of homeless people who had been attracted to move there because of the generous welfare programs and relatively nice weather. The program was ultimately unsuccessful.
Homeless people in San Francisco who applied to the voluntary program were given a same-day one-way bus ticket back to their cities of origin “where friends and family may help them,” NPR reported.
Of course, DeSantis’ move to send illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard was described very similarly — as an attempt to send the illegals to a Democrat-run “sanctuary city” that will better be able to help them, as Democrats claim to support illegal immigration and to be more compassionate towards illegals.
NPR went on to report that Newsom saw the “Homeward Bound” program as an effort to save money on public services and to remove some of San Francisco’s homeless population.
The outlet’s report stated: “The Homeward Bound program is a brainchild of Mayor Gavin Newsom. He says he was inspired by a media report of a Florida family who rescued their homeless sister from the San Francisco streets… Mayor Newsom says Homeward Bound has cost the city less than 100,000 dollars. Compared to the millions of dollars it costs to house the homeless, Newsom says the financial return is obvious.”
According to NPR, the California Democrat described the program as a major success, but critics argued that “San Francisco is dumping its problems on others.”
Meanwhile, Newsom is attacking DeSantis as “cruel” for taking similar action — flying illegals out of Florida — ignoring the hypocrisy of his comments and the fact that the Biden administration, who he supports, has been bussing and flying tens of thousands of illegal immigrants around the country since President Joe Biden took office.
I’m formally requesting the DOJ begin an immediate investigation into these inhumane efforts to use kids as political pawns. pic.twitter.com/x2sBa06nSw
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022
According to reporting from Fox News, Newsom continued to defend his program of bussing homeless people out of San Francisco as recently as 2019 — while falsely claiming that the “vast majority” of the city’s homeless population came from Texas. San Francisco is still experiencing a homelessness crisis.
When asked about Newsom’s hypocrisy, a spokesperson for the California governor tried to claim that the actions were in no way similar.
“There is no comparison between the two,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “SF helped people get home to their families. GOP Republicans kidnapped people for a political stunt.”
DeSantis recently spoke about Newsom while appearing on Fox News with Sean Hannity, responding to the California governor’s debate challenge and pointing out that his state is failing so badly under his leadership that he isn’t sure Newsom can “keep the lights on” for a debate.
Watch: @GovRonDeSantis is asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity whether he would debate Gavin Newsom.
Ron: "I don't know if they can reliably keep the power on!” pic.twitter.com/axK15XkPET
— TV News Now (@TVNewsNow) September 20, 2022