Investigation finds migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard were misled about flights

Published: Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 11:31am
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 11:34am
State of Florida
Gov. Ron DeSantis

Criticism of the Biden administration’s management of immigration policy from Republican governors took a turn last week as nearly 50 Venezuelan asylum seekers were flown from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

The cost for the relocation was covered by the state of Florida, as ordered by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis has joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in busing undocumented migrant people from southern border points to locations in New York; Washington, D.C. and, more recently, President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.

The actions are being met with harsh criticism by human rights groups who allege it’s little more than human trafficking, and a cruel way to score political points.

Now, a Texas sheriff has opened a criminal investigation into the flights. And a group of the migrants who were put on the flights are filing a lawsuit against DeSantis.

To parse out the impacts of all of this, The Show spoke with Julián Aguilar from public radio collaboration, the Texas Newsroom.

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