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Democratic officials and immigration activists have condemned Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for staging flights with Texas migrants at Martha’s Vineyard as a dangerous political stunt, alleging the migrants were coerced on board airplanes with bogus promises of financial aid and employment assistance.

Lawyers for the migrants called on the US attorney in Boston and the attorney general in Massachusetts to open a criminal investigation, arguing that the migrants “were tricked into boarding planes and crossing state lines under false pretexts”.

US Attorney Rachael Rollins has asked the US Department of Justice to respond to a request for a potential investigation.

Meanwhile, a mother seeking asylum in the United States killed herself on Sunday while staying in a shelter in New York, officials say. It wasn’t immediately clear if she was part of a group of migrants recently bused into the city from Texas, but Mayor Eric Adams said she was “traumatized by this whole experience” and that “the failure was the governors who sent people over several days”. bus journeys.


‘Wanted: Looking for a woman. Spotted near the Migrant Resource Center. Pass by Perla’

The League of United Latin American Citizens, Latin America’s largest civil rights organization, is circulating “Wanted” flyers in San Antonio seeking information about a woman a group of migrants sent from Texas at Martha’s Vineyard said he deceived them with false promises of jobs and aids.

There’s $5,000 for information leading to his “identification, arrest and conviction.”

The group said she was wanted for “aiding and abetting in a conspiracy to get innocent refugees to commit crimes by offering work” without a legal work permit, “lying to them and deceiving them” while being used as “political props” and “fraud and possible tort”. violation of rights”.


The website of a company hired by Florida to steal migrants crashed

Vertol Systems Company received a check for $615,000 on September 8 from the Florida Department of Transportation.

The reason: “UNAUTHORIZED ALIEN RELOCATION PROGRAM,” according to state records.

The Oregon-based airline has divisions in Florida.

A week later, a group of about 50 migrants were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, a project organized by the administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

As of Monday, the company’s website was no longer operational.

Requests for comments from The Independent – including how the company uses public funds – have not been returned.


The Massachusetts Refugee Office did not print or distribute pamphlets, according to The Independent.

The Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, which has a number and website on a pamphlet-like document given to migrants on the Texas-Martha’s Vineyard flight, has nothing to do with their printing or distribution. , said the chief of staff of the agency. The Independent.

“These brochures do not belong to us and we do not know who is printing or distributing them, at this stage,” according to a statement.

(Lawyers for Civil Rights)


ICYMI: Texas Sends Migrants to Vice President’s Residence Twice in One Week

A group of migrants was bused to the Naval Observatory in Washington DC, residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, for the second time in a week on Saturday.

In a recent interview with Vice, Ms. Harris called the stunts orchestrated by Texas Governor Greg Abbott “the height of irresponsibility” and “frankly, a dereliction of duty, when you’re an elected leader, to play to these kinds of games with human life. ”


Donald Trump reportedly furious that DeSantis stole his ‘idea’

rolling stone reported that former President Trump is reportedly furious that Governor DeSantis is using migrant flights to boost his national profile ahead of a potential White House bid.


US attorney asks DOJ to respond to DeSantis stunt, lawmaker says

Massachusetts State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, who represents Martha’s Vineyard, said he spoke with U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins about a federal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stunt.

Ms Rollins told him she was “pushing for a response” from the US Department of Justice, he said.


Philosophy professor compares DeSantis stunt to ‘mini-ethnic cleansing with genocidal precedence’

David Livingstone Smith, a philosophy professor at the University of New England who has studied the politics and legacy of deprivation, said The Guardian that Ron DeSantis’ decision to send a group of about 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard is comparable to “mini-ethnic cleansing with a genocidal precedent”.

“Of course, it’s not genocide, but it’s somewhat reminiscent of horrible things that happened in the past,” he told the newspaper. “As soon as you start treating human beings as unwanted problems to be blamed on others, you are in very dangerous territory. … What scares me the most, in fact, is that someone who commits these kinds of acts is capable of doing much worse.”

The author of Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization said that DeSantis “implied that this was an ethnic cleansing operation, that he would take these so-called undesirables, pick them up and throw them on the lands of [his] political enemies.


New York mayor could use cruise ships to house migrants sent north from Republican states

New York City Mayor Eric Adams plans to review the legality of acquiring temporary housing for migrants sent to his city, including the potential use of cruise ships docked along the Hudson River.

“We’re looking at everything from the legality of using any type of cruise ship to temporary accommodation. We’re looking at everything to see how we handle that,” Adams told CBS2.


Asylum seeking mother dies by suicide in New York shelter

A mother seeking asylum in the United States died by suicide at a New York shelter on Sunday, city officials say.

“The thousands of asylum seekers we have seen arrive in our city have come to this country in search of a better life. Unfortunately, yesterday an asylum seeker at one of our facilities committed suicide,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement Monday.

It was not immediately clear when she entered the shelter or if she was part of a group of migrants recently bused into the city by Republican governors.

Mayor Adams, addressing the suicide at an independent press conference on Monday, blamed Governors Abott and DeSantis, and said the woman was “traumatized by this whole experience” and that “the failure was the governors who sent people on multi-day bus trips”. ”

“We haven’t failed in the city,” he said. “The city helps people.


Civil rights group offers reward for information leading to ‘Perla’

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Latin American civil rights organization, has launched a nationwide appeal for information leading to the identity of a woman the migrants have identified as Perla who allegedly enticed them to board flights from Texas to Massachusetts with promises of jobs and housing.

The group offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to his identification and arrest.

“LULAC is taking this step by offering a $5,000 reward to help stop deliberate and possible illegal actions of deceiving people through seduction,” President Domingo Garcia said in a statement.

The group asked those with information to send a message to [email protected]