Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a campaign event in Lexington, South Carolina, on June 2, 2023.
CNN  — 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to southern Arizona on Wednesday – his first visit to the US-Mexico border as a Republican presidential candidate – a day after taking credit for a pair of flights that recently carried migrants from Texas to California.

At a roundtable in Sierra Vista surrounded by law enforcement officials, including Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, a persistent critic of President Joe Biden’s border stance, DeSantis justified the flights by blaming California’s policies for incentivizing the flow of migrants into the US.

“These sanctuary jurisdictions are part of the reason we have this problem,” the governor said. “When they have to deal with some of the fruits of that, they suddenly become very, very upset with that.”