Bexar County, Texas – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has launched a criminal investigation into the case of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who moved 48 immigrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last week. The decision comes on the heels of immigration rights groups and Democrats accusing Republicans of exploiting vulnerable immigrants for political points by promising them jobs and housing, only to take them to an island off the coast of Massachusetts where people who need help have not been warned.
Salazar, the mayor of the county where San Antonio is located, said it’s too early for the investigation to name the suspects or know which laws have been broken. But he said he is talking to a lawyer representing some of the immigrants and trying to figure out what charges to bring and to whom.
“We want to know what he promised them. What, if anything, did they sign? Did they understand the document that was put before them if they signed something? Or was this a strictly fiery measure?” Salazar said.
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Last week, DeSantis said the planes are part of his state’s $12 million program Transporting migrants to a “safe haven destination”Migrants said a A woman named Birla Approach them outside the MRC in San Antonio and I promised them jobs and shelter. Some said they were told they were going to Boston. But they came to Martha’s vineyard, Where local officials were caught by surprise. immigrants currently residing In Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
DeSantis’ Director of Communications, Taryn Finsky, said in a statement that immigrants “were more than willing to leave Bexar County after being abandoned, homeless, and “left to fend for themselves.”
“Florida gave them an opportunity to seek greener pastures in a protected area that would provide them with greater resources, as we expected,” she said.
Republican Texas. Greg AbbottHis office said he was not in charge of the planes, but used a similar strategy, immigrant transport To cities run by Democrats to relieve pressure on border communities. These moves are intended to draw attention to the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Abbott spent at least $12 million moving immigrants to New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. last week, sending him Buses to Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence.
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Immigrant rights groups and Democrats have likened these actions to human trafficking by treating migrants like “human goods” to score political points.
At a news conference Monday, Salazar blew up flights from his county in Texas to Massachusetts, calling them a “human rights violation.”
“What pisses me off the most about this issue is that we have 48 people here who are really going through tough times, and they are here legally in our country. At this point, they have every right to be where they are, and I think they were attacked,” Salazar said. He came from outside the country, violated these people, and lured them with promises of a better life.”
Salazar also said he is working with private attorneys representing immigrants flown to Massachusetts, as well as advocacy organizations regarding this incident.
“I think there is some criminal activity involved here, but for now, we’re trying to keep an open mind and we’ll investigate to see what laws were broken and if that’s the case,” Salazar said.
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