- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis charted two planes to fly Venezuelan migrants from San Antonio to Florida and onward to Martha’s Vineyard.
- Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar accused the DeSantis administration of preying upon the migrants and luring them with false promises of a better future.
- DeSantis responded that they only provided a better opportunity for migrants who were left to fend for themselves in Bexar County.
Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) flew 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts in an effort to draw attention to the border crisis. The move has since angered many, including the island’s locals, Democrats, and Texas authorities.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar (D) announced that his office will be working with lawyers and advocacy groups to open up a criminal investigation.
“Here we have 48 people that are already on hard times. They are here legally in our country at that point,” Salazar stated. “I believe that they were preyed upon. Somebody came from out of state, preyed upon these people, lured them with promises of a better life, which is absolutely what they were looking for.”
Venezuelan migrants boarded two charter flights from San Antonio to Florida and onward to Martha’s Vineyard.
DeSantis said that his office provided migrants with “an opportunity to seek greener pastures in a sanctuary jurisdiction that offered greater resources for them,” instead of being abandoned in Bexar County “to fend for themselves.”
His office’s statement read, “They have been provided accommodations, sustenance, clothing, and more options to succeed following their unfair enticement into the United States, unlike the 53 immigrants who died in a truck found abandoned in Bexar County this June.” The statement referred to the deaths of 53 migrants who were found locked in a San Antonio truck earlier this year.
Still, the island’s city leaders and homeless advocates were surprised by the sudden arrival of the migrants. Harbor Homes helped shore up resources to care for the migrants.
The shelter’s executive director, Sue Diverio, told Fox News Digital last week that they are used to “dealing with immigration populations.” But a plane landing “puts a different level of crisis intervention into it” due to the “unexpected arrival of refugees.”
Democrats accused DeSantis of playing with people’s lives to earn political points. Others described the move as illegal and some even called it human trafficking.
According to the DeSantis administration, they informed the migrants of their destination and also gave them the choice to decline “multiple” times, with some indeed declining. They added that they provided hotels, showers, haircuts, and meals for a few days before the trip.
They added that they did not give false promises of jobs in Martha’s Vineyard and that they simply informed them about the benefits and services that sanctuary states commonly offer.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) also accused DeSantis of kidnapping and even wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland to ask if the Florida governor could face charges. Critics pointed out that in 2006, Newsom, who was then mayor of San Francisco, bussed thousands of homeless people out of the state.
Source: Fox News