Controversy ERUPTS Over DeSantis’ 2022 Migrant Flight

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( – On Monday, Cape and Islands District Attorney Robert Galibois, who is representing Martha’s Vineyard, requested in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland that an investigation be launched into the 2022 migrant flight organized by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The flight had transported 49 immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard from Texas. As Galibois claims in the letter, DeSantis deceived “asylum seekers” into going on the flight to Martha’s Vineyard. As he argued in later reporting, it was shown that DeSantis and his administration had been the ones responsible for organizing, scheduling, and funding this flight.

As he pointed out, as part of the plan, there were also stops in North and South Carolina before the flight from Texas reached Martha’s Vineyard. As such, Galibois argues that the case should be federally investigated and prosecuted.

He is further requesting that the Department of Justice assist in transcribing and translating the immigrants’ interview from Spanish to English.

The letter to Garland was sent only days before DeSantis is scheduled to arrive for a Saturday fundraiser in Cotuit, Mass. The $3,300-per-person fundraiser is going to take place close to Joint Base Cape Cod, which is where the immigrants were transported for shelter after being sent to Martha’s Vineyard.

DeSantis never hid the fact that he organized the migrant flights, and he often touted his administration’s handling of migrants during his presidential campaign.

Galibois is not the only one to have sent a letter to Garland over the migrant flights, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar similarly stating that it was “unconscionable” for migrants to be used as a political prompt to travel between different states.

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