Authorities in Texas are investigating Florida Governor Ron DeSantis regarding an operation last week in which 50 migrants were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. This move has infuriated many Democrats and angered locals on the island, and it is the subject of an investigation by authorities in Texas.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a Democrat, said he was opening up a criminal investigation into migrants who were “lured” from the Migrant Resource Center under “false pretenses” and flown to Florida. After arriving in Florida, the migrants were ultimately left to fend for themselves in Martha’s Vineyard; he said in a video message to announce the probe.
There are 48 folks who are already having a tough time. At that moment, he stated they are within our nation lawfully and in good standing. Om his opinion, they were targeted by predators. Someone from out of state preyed on these folks. They enticed them with the promise of a better life, precisely what they were searching for. This person exploited them and took advantage of their situation.”
Salazar stated that his office collaborated with several advocacy organizations and legal professionals.
Republican governor, Ron DeSantis (Fl), has claimed that he is responsible for two charter planes that transported Venezuelan refugees from San Antonio to Florida and then to Martha’s Vineyard.
According to a statement from his office, migrants were abandoned in Bexar County and “left to fend for themselves.”
As was to be expected, Florida provided them with the chance to seek better opportunities in a sanctuary jurisdiction that made a wider variety of resources available to them. Unless the Massachusetts National Guard had deserted these people, they were given a place to stay, food, clothing, and additional opportunities to be successful after being unfairly enticed into entering the United States. This is in contrast to the 53 immigrants who perished in a truck found abandoned in Bexar County this past June; the statement released by Desantis’ office referenced the discovery of the bodies of 53 migrants earlier this year in a locked commercial truck in San Antonio.
Many people on the island, including local authorities and activists for the homeless, were taken aback when the migrants arrived.
Dealing with immigration populations is nothing new to us, says Sue Diverio, executive director of Harbor Homes, a shelter helping shore up resources to care for the migrants.
However, with a plane landing, and you don’t even know it’s coming, that kind of puts a different level of crisis intervention into it, Diverio said.
Many Democrats were outraged by the action, and they accused DeSantis of playing politics with the lives of others to score political points. Some people have asserted that the act was unlawful and compared it to trafficking.
The office of Governor DeSantis has stated that the migrants were provided with information on their final destination and had “several” opportunities to cancel the journey. According to the officials, individuals were supplied motels, meals, baths, and haircuts for a couple of days before the trip. Some migrants change their minds.
The administration has also stated that the rumors that the migrants were promised jobs in Martha’s Vineyard are untrue and that the individuals were presented with information about the benefits and services typically found in sanctuary states. This information was given to them during their visit to Martha’s Vineyard.
Despite having launched a program as mayor of San Francisco that bussed thousands of homeless people out of San Francisco and the state, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of California wrote a letter. He requested that Attorney General Merrick Garland investigate whether or not DeSantis could be charged with kidnapping.