Bexar County, Texas Sheriff announces criminal investigation into Fla. Gov. DeSantis’ migrant flight to Martha’s Vineyard
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the investigation will look into the suspected activities of a Venezuelan being paid a “bird dog fee to recruit” the illegal immigrants from an area around a San Antonio migrant resource center to go to Florida.
“As we understand it, 48 migrants were lured—and I will use the word ‘lured’—under false pretenses into staying at a hotel for a couple of days,” Salazar said at a press conference.
“At a certain point they were shuttled to an airplane where they were flown to Florida and eventually flown to Martha’s Vineyard, again under false pretences, is the information that we have,” he added.
Salazar said that on the promise of work and further assistance they were taken to Martha’s Vineyard “for little more than a photo op, video op” and “unceremoniously stranded” there.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter it is working with private attorneys for the victims and advocacy organizations as part of its investigation, as well as getting ready to cooperate with federal agencies which have concurrent jurisdiction.
‘MASSIVE POLICY FAILURE BY THE PRESIDENT’
Taryn Fenske, the communications director for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, rejected Salazar’s accusation, saying the illegal immigrants were “more than willing to leave Bexar County.”
Further, she asserted that foreign nationals are being “enticed to cross the border” into the United States.
“Unless the [Massachusetts] national guard has abandoned these individuals, they have been provided accommodations, sustenance, clothing, and more options to succeed following their unfair enticement into the United States, unlike the 53 immigrants who died in a truck found abandoned in Bexar County this June,” she said in further comments obtained by The Hill.
On Friday, DeSantis said redirecting the illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a self-proclaimed sanctuary jurisdiction, was a move to protect Florida from the “reckless border policies” of President Joe Biden.