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Texas Sheriff Opens Criminal Investigation Of DeSantis’ Shipping Migrants To Martha’s Vineyard

A Texas sheriff said Monday he has opened a criminal investigation of two chartered flights that transported 48 migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last week.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Monday that his office is looking into the matter to determine if any laws were broken:

“We are opening up a case. The facts of the case at this point are that on Wednesday, Sept. 14 here in Bexar County in the city of San Antonio, our understanding is that a Venezuelan migrant was paid what we could call a bird dog fee to recruit approximately 50 migrants.”

Salazar noted that the migrants had been “lured” under “false pretenses,” put on two planes, flown to Florida, and then taken to Massachusetts:

The sheriff also revealed that he had spoken with an attorney representing the migrants, and even though he refused to name who might be “suspects” in the case, he did make it clear who he believed was responsible:

“It is way too early for me to start naming any suspects. We do have the names of some suspects involved that we believe are persons of interest in this case at this point. But I won’t be parting with those names. I think, to be fair, I think everybody on this call knows who those names are already, so I won’t be naming any of them. But suffice it to say, we will be opening up a case.”

DeSantis has defended his actions, even though his publicity stunt cost Florida taxpayers $615,000, which is $12,300 for each person to be transported from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.

The Florida governor, who is believed to be setting the stage for a presidential run in 2024, had this to say about arranging the flight and transporting the migrants:

“We are not a sanctuary state, and it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures. Every community in America should be sharing in the burdens. It shouldn’t all fall on a handful of red states.”

The U.S. Department of Justice is also being urged to investigate and determine if DeSantis violated federal laws against kidnapping and human trafficking.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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