Latest from DeSantis: Martha’s Vineyard migrant survived torture in Mexico as flight revealed ‘scam’

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A group of 48 mostly Venezuelan migrants who were transported from Texas on a surprise flight to Martha’s Vineyard last week have sued Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his administration for allegedly orchestrating a “fraudulent and discriminatory” scheme.

The class action lawsuit comes as at least two law enforcement agencies are also investigating the governor’s plans to allegedly “locate” migrants with false promises of work and financial aid.

After the DeSantis administration rejected reports of a second flight, this time to Delaware, migrants in San Antonio told the Miami Herald how they were lured into a scheduled flight to the state with false promises of work and help before it was abruptly canceled.

In the days following the flights, stories have surfaced in interviews and in court documents about the migrants and their harrowing journeys to the US-Mexico border, including the alleged torture and abuse of one man by drug cartels.

Governor DeSantis and his aides have repeatedly defended sending migrants to democratic leading states and cities in protest of what they characterize as the president’s “open borders” policy.

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DeSantis leads Trump in purple Florida amid migrant controversy

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis is now leading Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head showdown between voters in Florida, according to a new Axios poll.

The development comes as Mr. DeSantis has become a far-right hero for his attempt to use state funding to transport migrants from Texas to Democrat-controlled areas, even as he admits that large groups of migrants entering his state are no longer exist.

The poll performance is also notable, as Donald Trump won the Florida primaries against Sen. Marco Rubio, the state’s highest-ranking senator, in the 2016 primaries in what was one of his final moves to take out his rivals in the polls. GOP Presidential Contest.

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Migrant Says He Was Paid To Recruit Migrants For Florida’s Controversial Martha’s Vineyard Flights

A 27-year-old Venezuelan migrant says he was given $200 to entice his fellow asylum seekers to board planes or buses bound for Florida governor-chartered Democrat-owned areas.

And he was told to do so with promises of help that never materialized or were ever real, he says now.

If true, it would prove that Florida officials used deceptive practices to lure migrants thousands of miles across the United States for purely political reasons.

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Holly Baxter: ‘Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott appear to be using migrants to convey their extreme views’

Writing for The independent Premium, American editor of Voices Holly Baxter writes how two Republican governors pull political stunts ahead of the midterm elections at the expense of vulnerable migrants and their families:

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False promises, a legal investigation and a mysterious woman: unanswered questions about Ron DeSantis’ migrant flights

After two nights in a church shelter, migrants who arrived in Massachusetts were transferred to a larger mainland shelter, with separate rooms and medical and legal support. State officials report that the families are in “good health and good humor”, with access to legal services, humanitarian aid and interpreters.

But so much remains unclear about the migrants’ journey, how Florida officials identify and collect migrants in other states as part of the Republican governor’s state-sanctioned plans to send them to Democratic lead states and cities, and how the funding is set aside for his plan to pay for it from various states.

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Texas Sheriff Faces ‘Influx’ of Threats to Migrant Flight Investigation

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar’s office has reportedly received numerous “hateful emails” and threats after announcing an investigation into migrant flights from San Antonio, coordinated by the government of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, several states away. .

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Jared Kushner Condemns DeSantis Migrant Flights

Trump’s son-in-law and former aide Jared Kushner said he was “deeply troubled” by Governor DeSantis’ plans to fly migrants from the US-Mexico border to Martha’s Vineyard.

Mr. Kushner appeared on Fox News’ in minority in the wake of last week’s plan, as Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey continue to send migrants who have crossed the border into cities like Washington DC and New York.

“I personally look at what’s happening, and it’s very hard to see on the southern border, me too – we have to remember that these are people, they are people, so see them as political in some way. pawns are used is very disturbing to me,” said Mr. Kushner.

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Beto O’Rourke denounces Greg Abbott’s ‘cruel and unkind’ migrant ‘stunts’

During a performance on The daily showDemocratic nominee for Texas governor Beto O’Rourke rejected Greg Abbot’s ongoing plan to send hundreds of migrants in the state to Democrat-run states and cities.

He condemned the Republican governor’s “cruel and unkind” “stunts” that busked migrants and families hundreds of miles from where their asylum cases originated, leaving them largely at the mercy of local aid organizations in the cities where they arrived. .

“What if Texas took the lead in rewriting our immigration laws to reflect our values, our interests, and our needs, and we said, ‘Look, [if] if you want to come to this country, you have to follow our laws,” but our laws will follow our values,” said Mr. O’Rourke.

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Massachusetts legislator: Migrant families ‘incredibly grateful’ after move to Cape Cod . shelter

Massachusetts State Representative Dylan Fernandes, who represents Martha’s Vineyard, said: The independent that the Venezuelan immigrants who have arrived on the island are “incredibly grateful” for the community’s support and are in good health after moving to a larger shelter in Cape Cod.

“Everyone’s needs are more than met,” he said The independent on Thursday, a week after their surprise arrival in the state.

“Every person … has their own space, families have their own space. There is a lot of access to health care, including dental care and other forms of care such as crisis management and mental health,” he said.

Caseworkers from housing organizations help them with longer-term housing solutions, and immigration attorneys also help with their asylum cases and navigate their legal status and resources while in the US.

“The people who are there are in a good mood and in good health and are very grateful,” he said.

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‘They opened their phone when they landed and saw that they were surrounded by water’

The group of migrants who landed on Martha’s Vineyard last week were initially “terrified” when they learned the planes were landing on the island, not on the mainland in Boston, where they would have better access to immigration services and other aid.

“None of them knew they were going to Martha’s Vineyard,” said Representative Dylan Fernandes The independent.

“They opened their phone when they landed and saw that they were surrounded by water. And that was incredibly fearful for them,” he said. “The community here at the Vineyard, I think, showed what compassionate [is] and simply treat people with the common dignity and respect that every human being deserves. … That’s what our community is all about.”

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DeSantis employees said the media and Democrats were “plagued” by the Delaware flight that never happened. Migrants say they have been duped

After state agencies, immigration attorneys and humanitarian aid agencies huddled at a Delaware airport anticipating the arrival of a plane carrying migrants from San Antonio, a person close to the DeSantis administration suggested that the media and others were being “hurt.”

Right-wing media, DeSantis aides and other personalities mocked the Biden administration and others for anticipating the flight. Christina Pushaw, director of the rapid response campaign, called the reports about the flight “disinformation.”

But a group of migrants told the Miami Herald that they were recruited by a woman who took them to a hotel before their scheduled flight to Delaware — relying on the same false promises made to the group of migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard last week.

The flight was eventually canceled and the group either stranded at the hotel or returned to a San Antonio.

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