You read that right. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may have violated federal law by using over $600,000 in taxpayer dollars to lure 50 asylum seekers onto a flight that diverted them from Florida and sent them to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. That’s transporting human beings across state lines under false pretenses.
Lawmakers and experts think that DeSantis broke the law. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice cannot stand by and let this continue.
The asylum seekers DeSantis deceived were told they would be given housing and jobs. Instead, they were put on a plane with nothing but a brochure. When the plane landed, many asked “Where am I?”
Among these asylum seekers were families and children. Now is the time to investigate Ron DeSantis for callously using people as pawns in his political agenda.
DeSantis made a premeditated effort to target vulnerable people simply seeking a better life. If he broke the law, he needs to face justice. Sign on to call for the DoJ to start a federal investigation.
On Sept. 21, 2022, Alianza Americas (www.alianzaamericas.org) sued Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and others. This organization of 53 immigrant-led and immigrant-serving community-based organizations believes everyone deserves respect and dignity, every human being has the right to work, and anyone facing an immigration proceeding has the right to legal representation. On Sept. 20, 2022, they joined forces with asylum seekers who arrived at Martha’s Vineyard as a plaintiff on a federal civil rights class action lawsuit, filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Secretary of Florida Department of Transportation Jared Perdue, the State of Florida, and their accomplices. The lawsuit challenges the fraudulent and discriminatory scheme to transport nearly 50 vulnerable immigrants, including women and children, from San Antonio, Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
More information about the lawsuit here: ‘Premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal’: Ron DeSantis sued by migrants he shuttled to Martha’s Vineyard: https://www.alternet.org/2022/09/ron-desantis-sued-by-migrants/?recip_id=22838&list_id=2
A Texas sheriff acted promptly — before the U.S. Justice Department and Massachusetts AG — to investigating DeSantis’ migrant stunt. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/9/20/2123998/-Texas-sheriff-announces-criminal-investigation-into-Florida-luring-migrants-to-Martha-s-Vineyard?detail=emaildkre&pm_source=DKRE&pm_medium=email
Also, migrants have filed an explosive class action lawsuit against DeSantis! https://popular.info/p/update-migrants-file-explosive-class?isFreemail=true
This was posted on Sept. 20, 2022: UPDATE: DeSantis defends phony brochure; sheriff launches criminal investigation: https://popular.info/p/update-desantis-defends-phony-brochure
This was posted Sept. 19, 2022: Texas sheriff opens probe into migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard: https://www.reuters.com/legal/texas-sheriff-opens-probe-into-migrant-flights-marthas-vineyard-2022-09-20/?taid=63290e422d3f99000100fa72&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter&link_id=3&can_id=1d662460c0abb8939c5044c82927552b&email_referrer=email_1671073&email_subject=consequences-strike-for-desantis-over-migrant-stunt
Migrants caught in DeSantis’ monstrous stunt allege federal DHS agent involvement: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/9/16/2123329/-Federal-DHS-agents-aided-DeSantis-s-migrant-stunt-attorneys-allege?detail=emaildkre&pm_source=DKRE&pm_medium=email
DeSantis and Abbot are Traffickers in Human Misery, Pranking Asylum-Seekers: https://www.juancole.com/2022/09/desantis-traffickers-pranking.html
Ron DeSantis Should Be Prosecuted for His Treatment of Immigrants: https://jacobin.com/2022/09/ron-desantis-venezuelan-immigrants-massachusetts-marthas-vineyard?mc_cid=b7ffdcb132&mc_eid=37a59c22c8
Let’s Call DeSantis’s Migrant Stunt What It Is—Kidnapping: It’s a crime to dupe somebody and then ship them across state lines—and it’s time to hold GOP governors accountable for doing just that. By Elie Mystal September 16, 2022 https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/desantis-kidnaps-migrants-marthas-vinyard/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=79e44667-79e2-47d8-83ae-494d6538d408
This was posted on Sept. 19, 2022: The smoking gun in Martha’s Vineyard: https://popular.info/p/the-smoking-gun-in-marthas-vineyard
This was posted on Sept. 18, 2022: Borderland advocate says Greg Abbott’s busing stunt is having a positive effect he didn’t intend
Lawmakers Call for Federal Probe of DeSantis Over “Cruel” Migrant Stunt: https://truthout.org/articles/lawmakers-call-for-federal-probe-of-desantis-over-cruel-migrant-stunt/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=040125d4-7fb1-4b33-8c59-6809976b8f9e
Lawyer Says The Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Were Told To Give Falsified Documents: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/lawyer-says-the-martha-s-vineyard-migrants-were-told-to-give-falsified-documents/ar-AA11WBC5?rc=1&ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=0f0a7f69ebe0486b92d8bb366241da3c
Top 6 things wrong with DeSantis’s Stunt of Flying Asylum-Seekers to Martha’s Vineyard: https://www.juancole.com/2022/09/desantiss-seekers-vineyard.html
This was posted on Sept. 17, 2022: Martha’s Vineyard migrant flight may have been illegal as well as inhumane: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/9/15/2123088/-Martha-s-Vineyard-migrant-flight-may-have-been-illegal-as-well-as-inhumane?detail=emaildkre&pm_source=DKRE&pm_medium=email
Mass. US attorney and DOJ are ‘looking ‘into’ Ron DeSantis flying 50 immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard: https://www.alternet.org/2022/09/us-attorney-doj-ron-desantis/?utm_source=123456&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11374&recip_id=22838&list_id=2
Why Ron DeSantis’ latest ‘political stunt’ is a form of ‘kidnapping’: libertarian: https://www.alternet.org/2022/09/ron-desantis-latest-political-stunt/?utm_source=123456&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11374&recip_id=22838&list_id=2