Texas sheriff declares migrants flown by DeSantis to Martha’s Vineyard were crime victims
A Texas sheriff has certified that migrants who traveled from Texas to Massachusetts were victims in a crime and is eligible for special visa privileges.
Texas’ Javier Salazar announced that he filed certification naming dozens of migrants who were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard as victims of a crime.
” Based on the claims that migrants were transported from Bexar County under false pretenses we are investigating this matter as possible unlawful restraint,” Salazar stated in a statement.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“We have submitted documentation through the federal system to ensure the migrants’ availability as witnesses during the investigation. “
The certification can be used to solicit special visas available only for noncitizen victims and witnesses to crimes, according to immigration lawyers in the area.
In September, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent 48 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a luxury beach town off the coast of Massachusetts, and was blasted by Democrats and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who called it a form of “human trafficking. “
Salazar previously announced the opening of a criminal investigation in relation to the flights from Texas.
A Venezuelan migrant is led onto a bus at St. Andrews Episcopal Church Sept. 16, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
(Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
However, Salazar is not alone. Political opponents at all levels have been furious at DeSantis’s enthusiasm to transport illegal immigrants to more liberal “sanctuary” cities in the northern states.
The Treasury Department inspector general confirmed in a letter to Democratic lawmakers that the agency is planning to audit whether Florida’s spending on the flights was improper.
Martha’s Vineyard residents line up in front of St. Andrews Parish House to donate food to recently arrived migrants Sept. 15, 2022.
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The lawmakers asked the Treasury Department to look into whether the state improperly used American Rescue Plan funds for the migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, which drew widespread media attention.
Florida lawmakers authorized a $12 million migrant program funded with interest earnings from the federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, according to documents.
Fox News’ Aubrie Spady contributed to this report.
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