Texas sheriff probes move to ‘lure’ migrants to Martha’s Vineyard after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered their flights

Venezuelan migrants stand outside St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, U.S. September 14, 2022

A Texas sheriff is opening a criminal investigation into the transport of migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered two planes to fly about 50 migrants there.
The sheriff said the migrants were “lured” with “promises of a better life.”

A Texas sheriff says he’s opening a criminal investigation into the transport of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, saying they were “lured” with “promises of a better life.”

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a Democrat, announced the investigation during a news conference on Monday and said he has received names of “persons of interest” in the case.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who is running for re-election and is considered a potential 2024 presidential contender, chartered two planes last week to fly about 50 migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to the Massachusetts island in protest of President Joe Biden’s border policies.

The migrants told NPR that they were promised work permits in Boston but ended up in Martha’s Vineyard, and their lawyers on Monday posted photos of misleading brochures they said they received, promising cash and job placement services.

“They were preyed upon,” Salazar said. “Somebody came from out of state, preyed upon these people, lured them with promises of a better life….to just be exploited and hoodwinked into making this trip to Florida, and then onward to Martha’s Vineyard for what I believe to be nothing more than political posturing to make a point.” 

—SheriffSalazar (@sheriffsalazar) September 20, 2022

 

On September 14, Salazar said a Venezuelan migrant was paid a “bird dog fee” to recruit about 50 migrants from an area around a migrant resource center in San Antonio, which is …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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