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Tags: texas | sheriff | probes | criminal investigation | ron desantis | migrants | marthas vineyard

Democrat Texas Sheriff Opens Probe of DeSantis' Migrant Flight to Martha's Vineyard

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 September 2022 08:33 AM EDT

A Democrat Texas sheriff said that his office has opened a criminal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' move last week to send nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that 48 migrants appeared to have been "lured under false pretenses" into staying at a hotel for a couple of days before being flown to Florida and Martha's Vineyard.

"They were promised work," Salazar said, NBC News reported. "They were promised the solution to several of their problems."

Salazar added that it was not clear whether any laws had been broken.

According to the sheriff, a recruiter was paid a "bird dog fee" to gather about 50 people around a San Antonio migrant resource center.

The migrants, mostly Venezuelans, then were taken to the Martha's Vineyard "for little more than a photo op or a video op, and they were unceremoniously stranded" on the island, Salazar said.

The Miami Herald reported that transporting migrants from Texas with Florida money appears to conflict with language included in the state budget that authorized the $12 million program. The migrants boarded planes in San Antonio, though the planes stopped in Florida's Panhandle to refuel before flying to Massachusetts.

In a statement to the Washington Examiner, DeSantis' office wrote that before being transported, 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 sanctuary jurisdiction that offered greater resources for them, as we expected," the governor's office stated.

"Unless the MA national guard has abandoned these individuals, 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."

DeSantis press secretary Jeremy Redfern emailed the Miami Herald a screenshot of a news story with the headline: "Bexar County Sheriff Salazar says Biden admin's handling of immigration 'isn't working.'"

The governor on Friday dismissed accusations that the migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard had been "falsely lured" or "enticed" into making the trip.

"I think that's totally false. I think if you look, the folks that are contracted, not only do they give them [the migrants] a release form to sign, they actually give them a packet and that packet included a map of Martha's Vineyard," DeSantis said. "So it was obvious that that's where they were going, and they gave that to them.

"And here's the thing, it's all voluntary. … And they're also treated, you know, very well with all this. I mean, they're treated well with meals and everything."

Immigration advocates and lawyers called for a criminal investigation into DeSantis' relocation effort.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) offered a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to the identification of the person who misled the migrants. "Wanted" posters have gone up around San Antonio, NBC News reported.

LULAC President Domingo García said a woman named "Perla" told his group that the migrants were going to Boston and promised three months of work and free housing.

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A Democrat Texas sheriff said that his office has opened a criminal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' move last week to send nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
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