The office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ (R) hit back hard against a Democratic sheriff in Texas who announced on Monday that his county was opening an investigation into the 50 illegal immigrants that were voluntarily flown from Texas to the liberal Island of Martha’s Vineyard last week.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar claimed in a statement that migrants were “lured from the Migrant Resource Center, located in Bexar County, TX, and flown to Florida, where they were ultimately left to fend for themselves in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.”
Salazar announced the investigation during a press conference, saying that he was “bother[ed]” by the flights “and so we are absolutely opening up an investigation into this.”
“I believe people need to be held accountable for it to the extent possible,” he said. Salazar went on to admit that he couldn’t point to any laws that were broken, saying, “At this point, I’m not able to definitively say here’s the statute that they broke either federal, state or local. But what I can tell you is it’s wrong just from a human rights perspective, what was done to these folks is wrong.”
A spokesperson for DeSantis then responded to Salazar’s remarks, blasting the liberal sheriff in a statement: “Immigrants have been more than willing to leave Bexar County after being abandoned, homeless, and ‘left to fend for themselves.’”
“Florida gave them an opportunity to seek greener pastures in a sanctuary jurisdiction that offered greater resources for them, as we expected,” the spokesperson continued. “Unless the MA 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.”
DeSantis had previously said at a press conference that the people who retrieved the migrants from Texas gave each of them a release form to sign, and a packet which included a map of Martha’s Vineyard.
“It was obvious that that’s where they were going and they gave that to them,” DeSantis added.
Florida’s Voice reported Monday that they had obtained one such brochure, and confirmed the information with DeSantis’ office.
“Florida’s Voice has confirmed with Ron DeSantis’ office the below brochure was given to migrants who were voluntarily flown to Martha’s Vineyard,” the tweet read. “The brochure contains information directly from the Massachusetts government website.”
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