A Texas sheriff has opened a criminal investigation into an anti-immigration stunt pulled by the governor of Florida Ron DeSantis last week, in which dozens of migrants were loaded onto chartered planes in Bexar County, Texas, and flown to Martha’s Vineyard. In a statement on Monday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that the migrants DeSantis uses were initially picked up from the Migration Resource Center and “lucky” to board flights that stop in Florida before departing for Martha’s Vineyard, where they “have to fend for themselves.”
“We are working with the private attorneys who represent the victims, as well as the advocacy organizations involved in this case,” the Texas sheriff said. speak in a press release, according to NPR. “We are also prepared to work with any federal agency with concurrent jurisdiction, if the need arises.” During a virtual press conference, the Democratic police chief told reporters that 50 migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard had been recruited by a Venezuelan migrant who received a “bird-raising fee” to lure The group boarded the plane “under the pretense of being offered a job” and “The promise of a better life,” adding that the group had been “exploited and defrauded.” Some emigrants declare that an organizer took part in the stunt — a woman supposedly named “Perla,” according to some—promised they have a job, a few months of free housing, legal documents when they come to stay.
In response to the investigation, a spokesperson for DeSantis Taryn Fenske claimed that “homeless” migrants were “more willing” to leave Texas. “Florida gave them the opportunity to find greener pastures in a reserve that provided more resources for them, as we expected,” Fenske said. according to Insider. Christina Pushaw, another governor’s spokesman, laughing at the Texas investigation with a tweet read “Lol” next to the clown emoji. Republican Governor, the stunt received compliments around the clock from the conservative media, has personal protection decision. “They all signed consent forms to go… [and were given] map of Martha’s Vineyard,” DeSantis told the Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday, claiming the deal was “apparently voluntary”, despite reports that the migrants had been notified of the flights was directed to Boston. The governor of Florida also announced that none of the migrants were promised jobs — but a brochure was given to the migrants that supposedly guarantee “employment for refugee programs and services.” for those who qualify looking for work,” based on Popular information of Judd Legum.
Oren Sellstrom of Lawyers for Civil Rights, a nonprofit legal aid group representing 30 migrants, speak that “false claims were made to entice our clients to travel,” adding that “people present in Texas, recruiting our clients for stunt roles hey, consider themselves people you can trust. They prey on the vulnerability of their customers to gain their trust. “
In the Florida legislature, DeSantis’ political stunt has raised concerns about possible misuse of tax dollars. The Florida state budget line used by DeSantis granted him the right to transport “illegal aliens from the state”, but the team sent to Martha’s Vineyard were recruited in Texas. (When asked by Politico about the possible budget controversy, DeSantis’ office did not respond.) On that point, Florida’s Democratic leadership has accused governors “spend beyond the authority granted to them by the legislature.” Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a Democratic lawmaker also urge Department of Justice to investigate the $600,000 that DeSantis spent on leasing the plane. “We are asking the Department of Justice to open an investigation to hold DeSantis and others accountable for these inhuman acts,” the state representative said. Dylan Fernandes Written. “It is not only morally criminal –– there are legal implications around fraud, kidnapping, deprivation of liberty and human trafficking.”