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    Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg sought to dismantle Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' arguments for sending a planeload full of migrants to Martha's vineyard – calling it a 'stunt' that was hurting people 'to get attention.' The Biden cabinet member blasted DeSantis by name and cast the move as self-serving, speaking at a Texas Tribune festival in a state where Gov. Greg Abbott has also shipped migrants to Washington, DC, Chicago, and New York.  'Obviously, there are issues with the border and with migration, but these are the kinds of stunts you see from people who don't have a solution,' Buttigieg said, earning applause from an audience.  'Like, Gov. DeSantis was in Congress. Where was he when they were debating immigration reforms? What have any of these people done to be part of the solution? So, I get if you're after attention. It's one thing to call attention to a problem when you have a course of action,' Buttigieg told Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at the event. 'It's one thing if that was just being obnoxious. But human beings are being impacted,'...
    Jared Kushner has condemned Florida governor Ron DeSantis' recent move to fly migrants to Martha's Vineyard - calling it 'very troubling' for people to be 'used as political pawns.' The former White House senior advisor appeared on Fox where he was shown clips of DeSantis discussing his bold move of flying dozens of migrant to Martha's Vineyard on September 15. Two planes carrying about 50 migrants were flown into Martha's Vineyard. The flights that were paid for by DeSantis left San Antonio to the exclusive New England area.  Kushner said: 'We have to remember these are human beings.'  'They're people. So seeing them being used as political pawns one way or the other is very troubling to me,' he said.   'Many of them are exploited, put in human trafficking and modern slavery in a lot of ways,' he added. He then took the opportunity to criticize President Joe Biden's handling of the crisis at the border, and applauded former President Donald Trump - his father-in-law's - immigration policy. He felt certain that the focus should be on 'coyotes' - those people who...
    (CNN)A Democratic lawmaker in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday evening asking a court to block Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis from transporting more migrants from the southern border, arguing last week's flights to Martha's Vineyard violated state law.State Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Miami Democrat, contends that DeSantis illegally misspent taxpayer dollars by flying migrants from San Antonio to the Massachusetts island. Lawmakers this past year approved $12 million for a program to transport migrants but the state budget specified the money was to relocate "unauthorized aliens from this state." On Wednesday, Pizzo told CNN, "If we are able to get this in front of a man or a woman in a black robe, how the hell is the state going to contend any of these people are from Florida?"In response to the lawsuit, DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske told CNN Thursday, "Senator Pizzo never misses an opportunity for his 15 minutes of fame and is challenging an action on an appropriation he voted for."DeSantis has vowed to transport more migrants from the border, telling reporters on Friday that the flights to Martha's...
    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice asking them to investigate flights of immigrants from Florida to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, ordered by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). DeSantis's move to follow in the footsteps of red state governors like Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and send immigrants to blue states, this time by plane, has led to a political firestorm. Several leading left-wing figures, including Hillary Clinton, have gone so far as to decry the move as "human trafficking." Thompson is now seeking to take concrete action against DeSantis's controversial move by getting the DHS and DOJ involved. He is confident that his request will be met favorably. "I think a letter from the chairman ... asking for them to review it would be enough," he said, according to the Hill, which obtained the letter to DHS and the DOJ. DESANTIS SENDS TWO PLANES WITH MIGRANTS TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD The letter cites grave concerns migrants were "intentionally misled" about the flight and asks...
    Steven Colbert has branded Ron DeSantis a 'gaping a**hole' for sending 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha's Vineyard. The Late Show host took on the Florida governor during his opening monologue on Tuesday night following the stunt last week. 'Oh, I remember that one from the SAT,' Colbert said, mocking DeSantis' statement, 'If two people are traveling in a car, and there are hundreds of different cars, how big of an a-hole is Ron DeSantis?' Gaping. Gaping.' Colbert also said the governor 'abducted' the migrants from Texas before shipping them to the Vineyard. 'Last week, DeSantis made headlines for kidnapping two planeloads of migrants and then flying them to Martha's Vineyard,' Colbert said, 'Well, it turns out, it was way worse than we imagined, because he actually abducted them from Texas. For a guy who acts so concerned about borders, he doesn't seem to know where his state ends.' The comedian also mocked DeSantis for saying he used taxpayer dollars to relocate the migrants because they wanted to move to Florida.  'No one intends to go to Florida,' Colbert said, 'You're forced to...
    Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar opened an investigation into the flying of 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard A Texas sheriff is launching a probe into whether the 50 Venezuelan migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard on Florida governor Ron DeSantis' orders were victims of a crime. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said his office was conducting the criminal investigation to see if the migrants were intentionally lured to the Vineyard with false promises of financial and employment assistance which were waiting for them on the Massachusetts vacation island.   In a news conference announcing the investigation, the Democrat elected Salazar derided the flights that took off in his city as political posturing. But he said investigators had so far only spoken to attorneys representing some of the migrants and did not name any potential suspects who might face charges. He also did not mention DeSantis in a news conference that appeared to mark the first time a law enforcement official has said they would look into the flights. 'I believe there is some criminal activity involved here,' Salazar said. 'But at present we are...
    Officials in Massachusetts, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, and others concerned for the well-being and civil rights of 50 or so asylum seekers from Venezuela, including children, flown to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis were reportedly given a brochure that said they would be eligible to receive “8 months cash assistance,” “assistance with housing,” and “job placement,” along with other benefits. Calling it “The smoking gun in Martha’s Vineyard,” Popular Information’s Judd Legum reports it “has obtained documentary evidence that migrants from Venezuela were provided with false information to convince them to board flights chartered by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). The documents suggest that the flights were not just a callous political stunt but potentially a crime.” Legum reports “many of the migrants told reporters that they were misled about the nature of the flights. Several migrants told NPR they were told the flight was going to Boston, not Martha’s Vineyard. According to the migrants, a woman who identified herself as Perla also said that, if they traveled to Boston, they could receive ‘expedited work papers.'”...
    Republican lawmakers and officials are accusing Democrats of hypocrisy after the left heaped criticism on the governors of Texas and Florida for sending migrants to liberal strongholds - despite doing the very same thing themselves. Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida compared the outrage at Texas and Florida to the relatively muted response to 'ghost flights' of mostly underage migrants sent by the Biden administration in the middle of the night. 'Those are Biden administration/taxpayer-funded contracts with a number of NGOs that are flying these people in the dead of night to all of these same locations, then it's fine,' Waltz told Fox News late last week. 'But if you have [Florida] Governor DeSantis or [Texas] Governor Abbott or [Arizona] Governor Ducey doing it in the middle of the day when everyone can see it, then suddenly we're up in arms and having a collective political meltdown.' It comes after the Biden administration resumed charter flights in April of underaged migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to Westchester, New York. While these flights operated during the day as well, the amount that...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has challenged Ron DeSantis to a debate over his decision to send 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard as the Florida governor doubles down on sending more migrants to Democratic 'sanctuary cities.'  Earlier this week, DeSantis mimicked his Texas and Arizona counterparts in sending over groups of migrants to Democrat-led cities up north in protest of the Biden Administration's border policies.  Newsom and other Democratic leaders have slammed the move as playing with people's lives, with the California governor challenging DeSantis to a debate ahead of the midterm elections.  'Hey @GovRonDeSantis, clearly you're struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people's lives,' Newsom tweeted on Friday.  'Since you have only one overriding need - attention - let's take this up & debate,' Newsom said in response to a tweet from Dan Rather asking CNN to set up a debate between the two governors.    'I'll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray,' he added, referring to DeSantis' quip earlier that day that Newsom's 'hair gel is interfering with his brain function' when the California governor criticized...
    Republican Governor Ron DeSantis paid an Oregon company with an airport hangar office in Destin, Florida $615,000 to transport approximately 50 asylum-seeking immigrants from Venezuela to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, according to several reports. On Friday he threatened there may be “more flights” to come. “Records show the company, Vertol Systems Company Inc., was paid on Sept. 8. A week later, DeSantis took credit for sending a group of 48 migrants — most, if not all, from Venezuela — to Martha’s Vineyard,” the Tampa Bay Times reports. “Vertol Systems’ website shows it is based in Hillsboro, Oregon, but has operations in Destin in Florida’s Panhandle.” What appears to be Vertol System’s website is currently down, but an archived copy says their mission is: “Organize quickly and deploy rapidly to provide personnel, maintenance support, management and operational experience to safely execute the mission.” It also says it “is the only civil company currently operating Russian helicopters in the United States.” The Florida governor, in a re-election battle with Democratic Congressman and former Florida governor Charlie Crist, “suggested for the second time this...
    Two planes that took 50 migrants from Florida into Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday both originated in Texas, and there is not yet a clear answer as to why, CNN reported. Citing a flight manifest, the network reported Friday evening that two private planes that used taxpayer funds departed for the island. Each stopped briefly in the Florida panhandle. Other than that, no other connection between the people on the planes and Florida is readily apparent. The flights were ordered by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), and have drawn outrage since they touched down on the ritzy Massachusetts island. Critics have accused DeSantis of using the migrants as political pawns, with some claiming he even engaged in human trafficking. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) asked the Justice Department on Thursday to investigate DeSantis and other Republican governors who ship migrants out of their states for “kidnapping.” Despite all the outrage surrounding the flights, one thing has been clear during the latter half of the week: DeSantis ordered two planes to relocate undocumented immigrants from Florida into an area that is heavily Democratic,...
    A migrant claims to have been paid $200 cash by a mysterious woman called “Perla” to recruit people from a Texas migrant resource center to board a plane to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed responsibility for two flights that saw around 50 undocumented migrants transported to the upscale Massachusetts island as part of what the Republican official called “a relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.” It follows similar schemes created by fellow conservative governors in Texas and Arizona to move migrants to Democrat-controlled areas in the North in protest of the Biden administration’s border policies. It appears local authorities in Martha’s Vineyard had not been given advance notice of the migrants’ arrival. On Thursday, the Dukes County Emergency Management Association tweeted that the “unexpected urgent humanitarian situation” had necessitated emergency shelters being opened on Martha’s Vineyard. And curious details are beginning to emerge about how the migrants came to be on the planes in the first place, with several outlets reporting that the people on the planes were misled about their prospects...
    Fox News commentators Tucker Carlson and Jesse Watters hit back against woke documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for his tone deaf comparison between sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard and the Holocaust. Burns, who was making the talk show rounds to tout his three-part series exploring the U.S. action and inaction during the Nazi atrocities during World War II, couldn't help but see the correlation between the genocide and a political maneuver by Governor Ron DeSantis. The Florida Republican made headlines on Thursday morning after sending a plane of migrants to the tony vacation spot off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a regular vacation spot of the Kennedys. On CNN on Thursday, host John Berman asked Burns to draw parallels between Nazi death camps and the preppy vacation island.  Fox News host facetiously called Martha's Vineyard a 'death camp' but suggested that the migrants who landed there are better off than they were in El Paso Ken Burns, who has a new documentary out about the Holocaust, said that sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard was a move 'straight out of the authoritarian playbook' Members...
    Florida's governor accused critics of his move to fly migrants to Martha's Vineyard of 'virtue signaling', saying their concern for the welfare of the migrants was a 'fraud' - as California's governor said he should be investigated for possible kidnapping. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday chartered a plane to send 50 people, mainly Venezuelans, to the exclusive Massachusetts holiday island.  The move sparked outrage among Democrats and human rights groups, who accused him of playing politics with peoples' lives and tricking the migrants with promises of expedited work permits if they boarded the plane. On Thursday night, CNN reported that the migrants were in Texas, and then flown to Martha's Vineyard. Many said they had no idea where they were going.  Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida who is now seeking to unseat DeSantis, called him a 'monster' for 'using children as a stunt'. Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, wrote to the Department of Justice to request that DeSantis be investigated for kidnapping. But DeSantis, widely considered to be contemplating a run for the White House in 2024, was...
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