Migrants gather outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church on September 15. Two planes of migrants from Venezuela arrived suddenly Wednesday night on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Martha’s Vineyard lawmakers want DOJ to investigate Ron DeSantis’ transport of migrants to the island.
They say the Venezuelan refugees seeking asylum were deceived and their rights were violated.
“Not a single one of them knew where they were going and every one of them was lied to,” one lawmaker told Insider.
Lawmakers who represent Martha’s Vineyard are urging the Department of Justice to investigate Gov. Ron DeSantis’ transport of migrants to the Massachusetts island, saying the Venezuelan refugees seeking asylum were deceived and their rights were violated.
“Not a single one of them knew where they were going and every one of them was lied to about what would greet them there when they arrived,” state Rep. Dylan Fernandes told Insider Thursday. “If you hop on an Uber that says you’re going to New York and end up in Minnesota, I think that would raise some basic legal questions. I think at a minimum, there should be an investigation into that.”
The Florida Republican governor has taken credit for chartering two planes last week to transport about 50 migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard, in a stunt to protest President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. He says they went voluntarily, but the migrants filed a class action lawsuit against DeSantis on Tuesday, alleging they were duped only “to advance a political motive.”
They were promised employment and assistance in Boston, but they ended up stranded in the dark on the tarmac on Martha’s Vineyard with nowhere to go.
Fernandes and State Sen. Julian Cyr, in a letter on Wednesday, sent letters to US Attorney General Merrick Garland and US Attorney Rachael Rollins for the District of Massachusetts to investigate the “conduct of all those involved” in the migrants’ transport. Neither responded to a request for comment.
They join other Democrats, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who are seeking a federal investigation. In Texas, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a Democrat, announced on Monday that he opened a criminal investigation.
Cyr told Insider it’s important to remember that these Venezuelans are fleeing a dictatorship and they had begun the asylum process and were not in violation of immigration laws.
“This political stunt raises real questions as to whether the perpetrators interfered with federal immigration law and due …read more
Source:: Business Insider