Amid an intensifying dispute between the governors of the Sunshine State, Ron DeSantis (R), and the Golden State, Gavin Newsom (D), the Florida Division of Emergency Management stated on Tuesday that the state was responsible for recent migrant flights to California.
The transfer of people caught crossing the border illegally is nothing new, according to left-leaning mayors of El Paso, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, division spokesman Alecia Collins told The Hill. But all of a sudden, it’s wrongful detention and kidnapping when Florida sends illegal immigrants to a sanctuary city.
A “contractor was present and ensured they made it safely to a 3rd-party NGO,” she said, identifying it as Catholic Charities. The Hill has contacted Catholic Charities for comment. After the division released a video showing migrants getting ready to board one of the planes, she remarked. “As this movie shows, Florida’s voluntary relocation is voluntary.
According to Collins, These volunteers expressed their desire to travel to California through verbal and written consent. The Hill was given a film that does not explicitly state whether the passengers were there voluntarily, but it does show people viewing and signing documents in pictures and videos. The video also shows people on a party bus and people carrying bags as they approach an aeroplane on the tarmac.
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Last Monday, sixteen South American migrants were left outside the Sacramento Roman Catholic church; California accuses Florida of orchestrating the action. The migrants were “lied to and purposefully deceived,” according to Eddie Carmona, campaign director for the faith-based organization PICO California, who said at the time that they had no idea where they were being dropped off.
In a statement released on Saturday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) said he met with the migrants who had been flown to Sacramento on a private plane and noted “no prior arrangement or care in place” for them. The migrants, according to him, were carrying Florida-issued identification.
He and Newsom also declared that the state would investigate the matter and determine who paid for the flight. Bonta and Newsom have hinted that “kidnapping” charges may be brought against the airliner. Last week, Newsom referred to DeSantis as a “small, pitiful man” on the plane and tweeted, “This isn’t Martha’s Vineyard. Kidnapping accusations?
Last September, as part of a campaign to relocate migrants, DeSantis approved a flight carrying scores of them from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In Bexar County, Texas, the sheriff’s office filed a criminal complaint with the county district attorney on the incident, citing charges of unlawful restraint. On Monday, a second plane carrying migrants touched down in Sacramento.
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According to Bonta, authorities would look into “the circumstances by which they were brought to California.” On Twitter, he also stated that “State-sanctioned kidnapping is immoral”. In protest of the federal immigration rules at the U.S.-Mexico border, some Republican governors over the past year have permitted busing or flying thousands of migrants to cities run by Democrats.
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