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Am I the only one who’s noticed how Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking even more flak than usual over his transporting migrants to Martha’s Vineyard? Why haven’t Gov. Abbott of Texas or Gov. Ducey been receiving their share of flak?
Now the illegal migrants are being represented by attorneys who claim that offers made to the migrants were fraudulent.
So what’s really going on?
First, let me offer some important background. Ron DeSantis is one of the most highly lauded governors in the country. He is also described as outspoken, fearless, and dedicated to protecting the people of Florida. He has defied the federal government on multiple occasions, ridiculed President Biden, and criticized the Biden administration for not taking responsibility for enforcing federal law. Let’s not forget that DeSantis is running for governor in November, and there’s been speculation that he could run for the Presidency in 2024.
That’s just for starters.
Studying the current situation with these migrants, there seem to be a number of factors that are in question. Here are just a few:
- DeSantis and his team have been accused of using “a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme … for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.” These accusations are likely politically based, although they probably did think it over their plan before activating it (which could be construed as premeditating).
- The lawsuit alleges “that the scheme involved DeSantis and other Florida officials working with unidentified defendants to identify and target migrants by ‘trolling streets’ outside a migrant shelter in San Antonio and other locales and that they lured roughly 50 migrants with McDonald’s gift certificates and free hotel stays, with the promise that if they boarded planes to other states they would get jobs, housing, educational opportunities and other assistance upon arrival.” DeSantis explained that many of these people were staying in tents in a San Antonio parking lot, without food, and shelter. Massachusetts does offer assistance to migrants.
- The lawsuit included, “Defendants manipulated them, stripped them of their dignity, deprived them of their liberty, bodily autonomy, due process, and equal protection under law, and impermissibly interfered with the Federal Government’s exclusive control over immigration in furtherance of an unlawful goal and a personal political agenda. . . ” Since the migrants voluntarily offered to travel to MA (which probably sounded like a better option than the parking lot), and it would be difficult to interfere with federal law when the federal government was doing nothing to serve these migrants, it will be difficult for the lawyers to make these particular arguments.
- As DeSantis spokesperson said–“The transportation of the immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard was done on a voluntary basis,” Fenske said. “The 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.”
Marco Rubio came to DeSantis’ defense:
‘Think about this, okay? People came into this country illegally, violating our laws and the first thing they do is get lawyers and use our laws to sue an elected governor, to sue a state,’ the senator said. ‘I mean, just think about that. They just got here, they’re not even here legally, they didn’t enter the country the proper way, and they’re immediately in court demanding rights and claims under our laws. This is outrageous. What other country in the world would that even be allowed? What other country in the world would even tolerate that?’
The fact that Rubio’s family came to this country legally must be somewhat irksome.
So here’s the way I see the situation. Biden has destroyed our immigration system. He has allowed the people on our southern border to be invaded. He has allowed drugs, trafficking, and other criminal activity to continue unabated. He continues to blame Trump for the havoc that he, Biden, has wrought. And he has the nerve to be upset with the actions of these governors.
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