DeSantis releases evidence undermining federal lawsuit alleging migrants fleeing Martha’s Vineyard

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)’s office responded to a federal lawsuit against the governor with evidence that the migrants who flew to Martha’s Vineyard left voluntarily.

wait, a lawsuit?

A left-leaning rights group, Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston, filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday, which accused DeSantis of operating a “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme” targeting vulnerable migrants.

The lawsuit claims:

In or around September 2022, [DeSantis, Florida Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, the state of Florida, Florida Department of Transportation] and their unidentified accomplices have designed and executed a deliberate, deceptive and illegal scheme focused on exploiting this vulnerability for the sole purpose of furthering their own personal, financial and political interests.

This scheme involved the unidentified Doe defendants acting in concert with the named defendants, identifying and targeting class members by searching streets outside of a migrant shelter in Texas and other similar locations, and pretending to be Good Samaritans providing humanitarian assistance to offer.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of three pseudonymous plaintiffs, alleges only that migrants were lured with McDonald’s gift cards.

The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated migrants’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, violated the Constitution’s primacy clause, and misappropriated COVID-19 funds while committing fraud, false detention, and intentional and negligent “infliction of emotional distress.” ‘ had committed.

The attorneys are seeking a jury trial.

What was the answer?

The DeSantis office responded by accusing the lawyers of exploiting the migrants and releasing evidence supporting the government’s claim that migrants traveled voluntarily.

“It is opportunistic that activists would use illegal immigrants for political theatre. If these activists were to spend even a fraction of that time and effort at the border, perhaps some responsibility would be taken for the Biden administration’s ruthless border policies, which lure illegal immigrants into making dangerous and often deadly journeys across Central America and their lives in the hands of cartels and coyotes”, his office said in a statement.

“The transportation of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard was done on a voluntary basis,” the statement continued.

“The immigrants were homeless, hungry and abandoned – and these activists did not take care of them at the time,” the statement said. “Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a haven, and these individuals chose charter flights to Massachusetts. It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called the Massachusetts National Guard to get her off the island within 48 hours.”

Interestingly, the Spanish-English document (which you can consult here) does not specify a destination.

Democrats have accused DeSantis of crimes ranging from kidnapping to human trafficking. However, a Texas sheriff admitted Monday that he is not sure if any laws have been broken. DeSantis releases evidence undermining federal lawsuit alleging migrants fleeing Martha’s Vineyard

Laura Coffey

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