Lawyers ask to ban Florida governor from organizing migrant flights

This content was published on September 21, 2022 – 22:07

Washington, Sep 21 (EFE) .- The group of lawyers representing Venezuelan migrants sent by Florida to the island of Martha’s Vineyard asked a Boston judge to issue a nationwide order to prevent the governor of that state, Republican Ron DeSantis, organize new flights.

This was explained this Wednesday in a teleconference by the executive director of Lawyer’s for Civil Rights, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, where he pointed out that these actions “endanger the lives of people, including women and children.”

The petition is part of a lawsuit, filed Tuesday, against DeSantis, the state of Florida, state Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, and the department he heads, for what they see as “a premeditated, illegal and fraudulent plan” to transport migrants to the exclusive enclave of Massachusetts.

Lawyer’s for Civil Rights represents the fifty Venezuelans who were blindly sent by plane from Texas to the island of Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts) by DeSantis.

The governor of Florida has declared that he will continue to send flights to Democratic enclaves, in protest at what he considers excessive laxity by the government of President Joe Biden when it comes to controlling the arrival of migrants across the country’s southern border.

DeSantis sent two charter planes with 50 Venezuelan migrants to the Martha’s Vineyard airport last Wednesday as part of a $12 million budget program to relocate undocumented immigrants to so-called “sanctuary states.”

In parallel, the governor of Texas, also a Republican Greg Abbott, sent last Thursday two buses with a hundred migrants to the official residence of the country’s vice president, Kamala Harris, in Washington; and he did it again on Saturday, while he sent another three vehicles with undocumented immigrants to New York.

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The group of lawyers also requested last Sunday, a criminal investigation of what happened, pointing out that the migrants were deceived with false promises that they would have legal advice, education and work. EFE

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