Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Oakland, Calif.
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Gov. Newsom is asking the DOJ to probe whether migrants were lured to Massachusetts.
Dozens of migrants were flown by DeSantis to the island of Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.
In a letter, Newsom said some migrants alleged they were lured to travel under false promises.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking the Department of Justice to open an investigation into whether dozens of migrants were lured to Martha’s Vineyard based on false promises of employment.
Newsom sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday calling for the DOJ investigation a day after 50 migrants arrived in two planes on the small Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard — a move that Republican Gov. DeSantis took credit for.
In his letter, Newsom said several individuals alleged that they were induced by a recruiter to accept the offer to travel based on a false notion that they would be sent to Boston, where they could receive expedited work authorization.
Newsom said he wants a DOJ probe into potential civil or criminal violations based on the “alleged scheme” and said the interstate travel warrants federal jurisdiction. He also asked the DOJ to probe if the “alleged fraudulent inducement” supports kidnapping charges.
“Additionally, based on the allegations, the recruiters targeted the individuals based on their national origin, and the intent appears to have been to humiliate and dehumanize them,” Newsom writes.
He later tweeted: “What [DeSantis] and [Texas Gov. Greg Abbott] are doing isn’t clever, it’s cruel. I’m formally requesting the DOJ begin an immediate investigation into these inhumane efforts to use kids as political pawns.”
—Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022
The DOJ did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The letter is the latest sign of tension between Newsom and DeSantis, who have previously attacked each other’s states and politics.
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