Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made headlines earlier this month when he flew around 50 illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a wealthy, heavily Democratic area that is home to former President Barack Obama.
A left-wing group has responded by filing a lawsuit against the governor, saying he committed fraud. Yet as Fox News reported, DeSantis has paperwork that says something else.
The lawsuit says the governor preyed on migrants’ “vulnerability”
According to Fox News, the lawsuit was brought in the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday by Lawyers for Civil Rights.
It contends that DeSantis and others “designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme centered on exploiting this vulnerability for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.”
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal serves as executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights, and he was quoted as saying, “No human being should be used as a political pawn.”
Espinoza-Madrigal’s organization is not alone in accusing DeSantis of wrongdoing, as Fox News reported California Gov. Gavin Newsome called on the Department of Justice to open a human trafficking case against him.
A consent form was written in both English and Spanish
However, DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske provided Fox News with a copy of a consent form written in both English and Spanish that she says the migrants signed before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard.
“I agree to hold the benefactor or its designed representatives harmless of all liability arising out of or in any way relating to any injuries and damages that may occur during the agreed transport to locations outside of Texas until the final destination in Massachusetts,” it reads.
Fenske insisted that the trip was undertaken “on a voluntary basis,” adding that the migrants “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,” she continued.
“It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours,” Fenske complained.
“If these activists spent even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some accountability would be brought to the Biden Administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to make dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America and put their lives in the hands of cartels and Coyotes,” Fenske said.