Texas authorities have opened a felony investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ cargo of practically 50 migrants from Texas to Florida to Martha’s Winery final week.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Workplace is probing whether or not the migrants, primarily from Venezuela, have been victims of crimes, Sheriff Javier Salazar stated Monday.
Salazar stated the migrants have been “lured” to board flights from San Antonio in Bexar County with false guarantees of employment and alternative when in actuality, he stated, they have been used as political pawns.
“Any person got here from out of state, preyed upon these individuals, lured them with guarantees of higher life,” Salazar stated at a news briefing.
A migrant who had been paid a “bird-dog payment” recruited the Venezuelans from a migrant useful resource heart in Texas underneath false pretenses. The 48 migrants who have been recruited have been then hosted in a lodge for just a few days earlier than they have been flown first to Florida after which to the Winery for “little greater than a photograph and video op,” the sheriff stated.
Salazar — who didn’t identify DeSantis — stated the migrants have been “exploited and hoodwinked into making this journey to Florida after which onward to Martha’s Winery for what I imagine to be little greater than political posturing to make some extent.”
The communications director for DeSantis’ workplace fired again at Salazar’s accusations.
“Immigrants have been greater than keen to go away Bexar County after being deserted, homeless, and ‘left to fend for themselves,’” Taryn Fenske stated in a press release. “Florida gave them a possibility to hunt greener pastures in a sanctuary jurisdiction that provided better sources for them, as anticipated.”
Salazar stated the migrants have been “left to fend for themselves” on the small Massachusetts island, however DeSantis’ workplace disputed the declare.
“Except the MA nationwide guard has deserted these people, they’ve been supplied lodging, sustenance, clothes and extra choices to succeed following their unfair enticement into the US, in contrast to the 53 immigrants who died in a truck discovered deserted in Bexar County this June,” Fenske stated.
Through the press convention, Salazar stated the migrants have authorized standing within the US — after presenting themselves to American authorities and looking for asylum standing — but they have been nonetheless focused and allegedly exploited.
“Once you’re enjoying with human lives, those that have each proper to be right here, that does are likely to hassle me fairly a bit,” he stated.
“These individuals have been right here legally. They have been documented,” he added. “They’d the appropriate to stroll across the streets free and never be transported throughout the nation for it to be a media occasion. That’s a tragedy.”