Migrant Crisis: DeSantis could face DoJ investigation as mom dies in NYC shelter

Related Video: More Migrants Arrive in DC as White House Criticizes Republican Governors

Democratic officials and immigration activists have condemned Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for organizing flights with migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard as a dangerous political stunt, alleging the migrants were forced to board with false promises of financial and financial security. employment aid.

Migrant lawyers have called on the US attorney in Boston and the Massachusetts attorney general to open a criminal investigation, arguing that the migrants were “induced under false pretenses to board planes and cross state lines” .

US Attorney Rachael Rollins has asked the US Department of Justice to respond to a request for a potential investigation.

The Bexar County, Texas Sheriff has opened an investigation, announcing that the migrants were “robbed” and “lured” from San Antonio.

Meanwhile, a mother seeking asylum in the US died by suicide while staying at a New York shelter on Sunday, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear if she was part of a group of migrants recently busted into the city from Texas, but Mayor Eric Adams said the “failure was the governors sending people on multi-day bus rides.”

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Welcome to The Independent’s live blog on the migrant crisis

Welcome to the live blog of The Independent’s coverage of the unfolding migrant crisis in Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, DC.

Follow here for live updates.

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Ron DeSantis sends two planes carrying undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has sent two planes carrying undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, an exclusive island off the coast of Massachusetts where Barack Obama owns a mansion.

The migrants were able to get off the planes at the island’s airport on Wednesday in a video obtained by Fox News Digital.

“Yes, Florida can confirm that the two planes carrying illegal immigrants that arrived at Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” the governor’s communications director Taryn Fenske told the United States. right-wing news organization.

Florida’s Republican-controlled state legislature has handed the governor $12 million to remove migrants from the state and transport them elsewhere.

Many of the 50 migrants who landed at the popular vacation island’s airport reportedly had no idea where they were going before departing Florida and still had no idea where they had landed, CBS reports.

They had reportedly been told that wherever they went there would be jobs and housing available to them, the news channel continued.

Read my colleague’s full report Graeme Massie below:

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Texas Sends Two Buses Of Migrants To Kamala Harris’ Home

Two migrant buses sent by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, carrying between 75 and 100 people, have arrived at the home of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, DC.

The buses arrived Thursday morning after departing from Del Rio, Texas, according to Fox News Digital.

The Naval Observatory, the designated residence of the vice president since 1974, is located in northwest Washington, DC.

The migrants were picked up at Eagle Pass, which, like Del Rio, is located along the border with Mexico.

Fox News Digital reported that the migrants came from Venezuela, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico. The conservative outlet claimed some migrants said they believe the border is open.

Keep reading my colleague’s full briefing Graeme Massie here:

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Mike Pompeo Laughs At Migrants Being Shipped To Sanctuary Cities

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laughed at the undocumented migrants who arrived in Martha’s Vineyard and Washington DC this week.

Fox host Jesse Watters discussed the latest developments with the former Secretary of State on a Wednesday night broadcast, pointing out how the popular vacation spot is home to many left-wing celebrities, including former President Barack Obama, Rosie O’Donnell and Jay – Z and Beyonce.

“Do you think they’re going to embrace their new neighbors,” the Fox News host asked his guest.

“You know these are all havens until they’re in their haven,” the former Trump aide said, before stifling a chuckle. “I doubt they’ll embrace them,” who recently announced his intentions for a possible presidential run in 2024.

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DeSantis created an ‘urgent humanitarian’ situation, authorities say

Late Wednesday night, authorities on Martha’s Vineyard were still busy responding to the unannounced Florida planes that dropped 50 undocumented migrants on the island of Massachusetts earlier that afternoon.

“There was no advance” inform everyone in Martha’s Vineyard of Massachusetts that these migrants are arriving, as far as I know,” said Julian Cyr, a state senator.

Dukes County, the second-least populous county in Massachusetts, announced on Twitter that they had activated emergency shelters, which typically only open during natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.

“Due to an unexpected urgent #humanitarian situation, #DCEMA is opening #Emergency #Shelters tonight at #MarthasVineyard. If you are willing and able to volunteer in a clinical or non-clinical role, please contact @DukesOffice at 508-684-8015,” the emergency management association tweeted Wednesday evening.

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DeSantis Threatens to Fly ‘A Few Thousand More’ Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to fly “a few thousand more” undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for Mr. DeSantis’ re-election campaign, challenged officials on the exclusive island off the coast of Massachusetts to get more migrants from Florida.

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DeSantis brags about its ‘innovative’ Martha’s Vineyard flight of migrants, despite widespread criticism

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis boasted of his “innovative” strategy of sending two planes full of Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

“We are not a refuge and it is better to go to a jurisdiction,” Mr. DeSantis said at an event. “And yes, we are going to facilitate that transport for you to go to greener pastures.”

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JFK Library tweets about migrant flights from DeSantis

The 35th President’s Presidential Library tweeted an article about “Reverse Freedom Rides” once offered to black Americans by southern states.

“In order to embarrass northern liberals and humiliate black people, southern White Citizens Councils started their so-called ‘Reverse Freedom Rides’, giving black people one-way trips to northern cities with false promises of jobs, housing and a better life,” he said. the library. tweeted.

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Opinion: What Insiders Are Saying About Ron DeSantis Running For President in 2024

Ron DeSantis is slated as a likely contender for the Republican ticket in the 2024 presidential election. One of the firefighter’s selling points is his tough approach to immigration. Often in his speeches he has suggested a phrase about the bus transportation of immigrants to Delaware.

Now that Florida’s governor is making headlines again for his controversial policies, it’s worth revisiting The Independent’s recent assessment of what insiders are saying about the GOP governor’s presidency in 2024.



Florida’s governor has become the conservative golden boy over the past two years thanks to his lax approach to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and his tough stance, as well as some key policy gains for conservatives. Republicans, but also Democrats. California Governor Gavin Newsom, whose profile has risen since he defeated a conservative-backed recall last year, ran an ad over the holiday weekend urging DeSantis bashing and people who didn’t like him to come to California.

Eric Garcia, The Independent

Read the full opinion piece from Eric Garcia below:

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Mitt Romney defends GOP governors DeSantis and Abbott bringing migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Republican Senator Mitt Romney showed no sympathy for Democratic leaders in cities and states across the country on Thursday after news broke that GOP governors are stepping up their efforts to bus groups of migrants into their jurisdictions.

John Bowden has the details.

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