Yet despite its so-called “sanctuary” policy, some local officials have objected to hosting the newcomers. Further, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for DeSantis to be brought up on kidnapping charges.
Newsom sends letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland
According to Fox News, Newsom sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday in which he accused the Florida governor of violating federal human trafficking laws.
I’m formally requesting the DOJ begin an immediate investigation into these inhumane efforts to use kids as political pawns. pic.twitter.com/x2sBa06nSw
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022
“Like millions of Americans, I have been horrified at the images of migrants being shipped on buses and planes across the country to be used as political props,” Newsom wrote.
“Clearly, transporting families, including children, across state lines under false pretenses is morally reprehensible, but it may also be illegal,” he continued.
“Several of the individuals who were transported to Martha’s Vineyard have alleged that a recruiter induced them to accept the offer of travel based on false representations that they would be transported to Boston and would receive expedited access to work authorization,” Newsom added.
The California governor went on to insist that “[t]he interstate travel at issue provides a basis for federal jurisdiction over this matter.”
“Accordingly, I strongly urge the U.S. Department of Justice (US DOJ) to open an investigation into possible criminal or civil violations of federal law based on this alleged fraudulent scheme,” Newsom declared.
U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts promises to speak with DOJ
“In particular, I urge US DOJ to investigate whether the alleged fraudulent inducement would support charges of kidnapping under relevant state laws, which could serve as a predicate offense for charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) provisions of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Friday that U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Racheal Rollins has announced plans to speak with the DOJ about the flight as well as similar actions by other Republican governors.
“We have several other sister communities, whether it’s D.C., New York, California, where we’ve seen things like this, and we’re hoping to get some input from the Department of Justice about what our next steps might be, if any at all,” she was quoted as saying.