The Texas County Sheriff is opening a criminal investigation into a flight that brought dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Texas last week, an action that Florida’s Republican governor recognized and approved. The White House calls it a political stunt.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a news conference Monday that about 50 migrants were “fakely lured” on the streets of San Antonio, taken to a hotel, put on a plane and “scammed” stuck in Martha’s Vineyard for no reason,” a rich man. resort island, “nothing more than a photo session.”
San Antonio is the largest city in Bexar County.
“The thing that angers me the most about this case is that we have 48 people who are going through tough times,” Salazar said. “I believe they were baited.”
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Salazar, a Democrat, said his move was unrelated to his party.
“That’s wrong from a human rights perspective. What was done to these people is wrong,” he said.
The sheriff did not promise that criminal charges would follow from the process, but he said “the allegations that we have heard [are] completely uncomfortable. “
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spokesman said the immigrants were “willing to leave Bexar County after being abandoned”.
DeSantis communications director Taryn Fenske said in an emailed statement: “Florida gave them the opportunity to seek out greener pastures within a reserve.
Used as ‘political pawn’: White House
Salazar said his office is working with advocacy groups and private attorneys representing victims and can coordinate with federal authorities as needed.
DeSantis, who will be re-elected in November and is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2024, announced recognition for two flights from San Antonio, while also criticizing the General Democratic President Joe Biden handles record numbers of US-Mexico border crossings.
DeSantis joins Republican governors from Texas and Arizona in sending migrants to Democratic-controlled cities, who have sent migrants to cities like New York, Chicago and Washington, DC
DeSantis said last week that Florida paid to bring migrants to Martha’s Vineyard because many of the migrants to Florida came from Texas.
The Biden administration has said Republicans are using migrants as “political pawns”.
While details of how the flights were arranged and paid for were still unclear, one migrant told Reuters he and his family were employed outside a migrant assistance center in San Antonio and promised housing, 90-day support, work permit help and English learning. He said they were surprised when their flight landed on an island known for its summer getaways, mostly populated by wealthy, free Americans.
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