- On Wednesday, flights organized by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis arrived at Martha’s Vineyard with 50 migrants – mainly Venezuelans – on board
- DeSantis said on Thursday that his critics, who accused him of being inhumane, were a “virtue sign”.
- Reports suggested that the migrants were told that they would be granted work visas expeditiously, and did not know where they were being taken
- DeSantis said it was ironic that politicians supporting sanctuary cities were unable to cope when migrants arrived in their areas.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking that DeSantis be investigated for kidnapping.
Florida’s governor accused critics of his move to fly migrants into Martha’s Vineyard of a ‘virtue sign’, saying his concern for the welfare of migrants was a ‘fraud’ – as did the California governor who said possible abductions For that they should be examined.
Ron DeSantis chartered a plane Wednesday to send 50 people, mainly Venezuelans, to a special Massachusetts holiday island.
The move sparked outrage from Democrats and human rights groups, who accused him of playing politics with people’s lives and defrauding migrants with promises of speedy work permits when they board the plane.
On Thursday night, CNN reported that the migrants were in Texas, and then headed to Martha’s Vineyard. Many said they didn’t know where they were going.
Former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who now wants to oust DeSantis from power, called him a ‘monster’ for ‘using children as stunts’.
California Governor Gavin Newsom wrote to the Justice Department requesting that DeSantis be investigated for kidnapping.
But DeSantis, widely believed to be considering a run for the White House in 2024, was defiant.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is seen defending his role in flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday.
DeSantis flew two planes without warning, which was criticized by Democrats – including New York Mayor Eric Adams.
School buses were used to transport groups of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, to the church that provided shelter
“We take very seriously what is happening on the southern border, unlike some, and unlike the President of the United States, who refused to lift a finger to secure that border,” he said on Thursday. Is.”
‘And you have millions and millions of people coming in illegally – a record amount of fentanyl coming into our country. It’s killing a record number of Americans outright.
‘Of course you have criminal aliens, but just huge numbers of people is not the way to run your country.’
Many migrants crossing the US-Mexico border illegally hope to travel to Florida, which has a large and well-established Hispanic community.
However, DeSantis stressed on Thursday that his state is not a welcoming place for those living in the country illegally.
He said he had decided – like the governors of Texas and Arizona, which pioneered the transportation of migrants – to pay for travel to a state that provided protection to illegal immigrants.
In 2017, Massachusetts’ top state court ruled that Massachusetts court officials do not have the authority to arrest someone suspected of being illegal in the US if that person is not facing criminal charges, effectively Since then the state is giving sanctuary status.
Migrants are seen receiving food and supplies from local volunteers on Wednesday
Venezuelan arrivals are seen in the thriving city on Wednesday
‘If you have people who are willing to think that Florida is a good place’ [to settle]Our message to them is that we are not a sanctuary state, and it is better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction,’ DeSantis told the crowd.
‘And yes, we’ll help facilitate that transportation so you can go to greener pastures.’
DeSantis said it was ironic that politicians who supported sanctuary cities complained about migrants arriving in their states.
âThe border towns where even a small fraction of what is brought before them every day go berserk, and they are so upset that this is happening,â he said.
‘And it just shows you that their virtue-sign is a hoax.
‘What would be best now is for Biden to do his job and keep the border safe.’
Meanwhile, Newsom announced that he has formally requested the Justice Department to investigate what he calls an “inhumane attempt” by the governors of Florida, Texas and Arizona to drive migrants away from their states.
California Governor Gavin Newsom says DeSantis should be investigated for kidnapping
Newsom tweeted his letter, which read: ‘I urge the US DOJ to investigate whether alleged fraudulent solicitation would warrant charges of kidnapping under relevant state laws, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO)’ Can serve as a predicate offense for charges under the provisions. of the Organized Crime Control Act.
In a letter to the attorney general, Merrick Garland, he said he was ‘horrified by the images of migrants being used as political props on buses and planes across the country.’
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