Last week, as part of a race baiting political stunt, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis shipped fifty migrants who were legally in America seeking asylum, to Martha’s Vineyards.
A small group of these migrants alleged to be from Venezuela, filed a lawsuit in a federal Massachusetts court, claiming that they were misled by governor DeSantis and his cronies in the Transportation Department of Florida, and other state officials, with false promises of McDonald’s gift cards, federal assistance and offers of employment if they “volunteered” to leave Texas.
"These immigrants, who are pursuing the proper channels for lawful immigration status in the United States," the suit says, "experienced cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country.
"The defendants manipulated them, stripped them of their dignity, deprived them of their liberty, bodily autonomy, due process, and equal protection under the law, and impermissibly interfered with the federal government's exclusive control over furtherance of an unlawful goal and a personal political agenda."
DeSantis and his cronies have insisted all along that they have done nothing wrong or unethical. “These immigrants were homeless, hungry, and abandoned – and these activists didn’t care about them then. Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts,” he said.
“They all signed consent forms to go and then the vendor that is doing this for Florida provided them with a packet that had a map of Martha’s Vineyard, it has the number for different services that are on Martha’s Vineyard,” he told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “Why wouldn’t they want to go, given where they were? They were in really, really bad shape and they got to be cleaned up, everything, treated well.”
The “consent form” cited by DeSantis seems to be nothing more than a waiver of liability. It never identifies the “benefactors,” which basically makes it invalid.
Oren Sellstrom, the litigation director of Lawyers For Civil Rights, who filed the suit on behalf of the migrants, told the Miami Herald: “The conduct by the Florida governor is not only morally repugnant, but illegal under the U.S. Constitution, and federal statutes as well. The practice of fraudulently inducing vulnerable immigrants to board planes and cross state lines through false promises, violates core Constitutional provisions, including deprivation of liberty and due process.”
Governor DeSantis’s communications director complained on Twitter, without a hint of irony, that it was “Opportunistic that activists would use illegal immigrants for political theater.”
It should be noted that owning the libs was what motivated DeSantis and his cronies to pull such a stunt – that at first site of the migrants they would be sent packing – thus proving that liberals are hypocrites. But the outcome they were expecting, did not happen: They didn’t count on the residents of Martha’s Vineyard treating the migrants like human beings.
However, despite reality, DeSantis and his cronies have chosen to run with the opposite narrative.
Sources: Miami Herald, CNN.