Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ team enticed migrants with $10 McDonald’s gift cards to gain their trust as part of a “plan” to fly them from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, a new federal lawsuit has claimed.
The lawsuit was filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston, on behalf of a class of affected immigrants, including those stranded in Martha’s Vineyard, and Alianza Americas, a network of migrant-led organizations that support immigrants.
The federal class action lawsuit said unnamed people working with the governor identified and targeted migrants by “dragging through streets outside a migrant shelter” in San Antonio, Texas, “impersonating good Samaritans and humanitarians.” offer help”.
The lawsuit added that, after offering the gift cards, the migrants were also promised educational opportunities and other assistance if they boarded planes to other states.
Last week, Mr. DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent migrants on planes and buses to liberal states to make a political statement about the “historic” crisis on the US border.
The move was attacked by the White House as an “illegal” and political stunt.
The class action lawsuit names Florida Transportation Secretary Jared W Perdue, the State of Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation and five unnamed “Doe” defendants along with Mr. DeSantis.
A number of migrants previously transported said they thought they were traveling to Boston to receive work papers.
On Monday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a statement that his office is investigating whether the migrants were victims of crimes.
“The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into the migrants who were lured from the Migrant Resource Center, located in Bexar County, TX, and flown to Florida, where they were ultimately left to fend for themselves in Martha’s Vineyard, MA,” the statement said.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske lashed out at the activists helping the migrants with their cause.
“If these activists were to spend even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some responsibility would be placed on the Biden administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to embark on dangerous and often deadly journeys across Central America. and their lives in the hands of cartels and coyotes,” she said.
Mr. DeSantis has not yet issued a statement regarding the lawsuit.