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    Almost 50 illegal immigrants flown to Martha's Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will qualify for visas to stay in the US because their treatment was criminal, a Texas sheriff has said.   Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar submitted documents on Thursday suggesting the 48 migrants were victims of a crime, making them eligible for a non-immigrant 'U-visa' that will allow them to stay in the US until any criminal proceedings are completed.  Salazar, a Democrat whose county encompasses San Antonio, says the DeSantis flight broke the law by lying to the Venezuelan migrants about their destination and the support they could expect to receive on arriving. The migrants are believed to have been told they'd be taken to Boston, before being flown to the ritzy island off Cape Cod on September 14 instead.  'We have submitted documentation through the federal system to ensure the migrants’ availability as witnesses during the investigation,' Salazar said in a statement. Bexar County Sheriff launched an investigation into DeSantis's scheme last month and submitted documents on Thursday characterizing them as victims of a crime The...
    Perla Huerta, 43, was spotted in the crowd helping to load mostly Venezuelans migrants on to a plane at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio last month before she was outed as a conduit for the Florida governor The former military spy who helped Ron DeSantis fly 48 migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard has been pictured for the first time. Perla Huerta was spotted in the crowd helping to load mostly Venezuelan migrants on to a plane at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio last month before she was outed as a conduit for the Florida governor. Huerta, who is believed to have been sent from Tampa to Texas to fill flights with immigrants, was photographed dishing out supplies to them before they boarded the aircraft. She spent two decades in the army - those included stints as a military counterintelligence agent, a combat medic and tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perla was discharged from the US Army in August and currently lives in Tampa, Florida.  Most recently she has been identified as an instrumental player in...
    The plot to fly migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts was carried out by a former spy with the US Army's counterintelligence unit, according to a shocking new report from the New York Times.  Perla Huerta, a 20-year veteran who served as a medic in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been named as the woman who executed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' plan. Multiple migrants told the Times that it was Huerta, 43, who approached them in San Antonio and sold them on the idea of boarding a plane bound for the affluent surroundings of Martha's Vineyard.  The state of Florida, under DeSantis' direction, paid for two flights of migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard in September.  DeSantis is the latest GOP governor, frustrated over the federal government's response to policing the southern border, to transport migrants to Democratic cities. He defended the move as a way to make immigration a 'front-burner issue' ahead of the midterm elections in November.  Critics questioned the legality, and his Democratic opponent for governor said it represented a new low level of shrewdness....
    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,'...
    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...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plane he used to send 50 migrants to affluent Martha’s Vineyard is on the move again – heading for President Biden’s Rehoboth home in Delaware. DeSantis last week sparked a spectacular escalation in the ongoing immigration war between the Republican GOP’s in charge of the border states and Democrat officials in so-called ‘sanctuary cities’. It now appears that he is sending the Ultimate Air Shuttle to Georgetown, which will touch down at around 1.30pm. The plane had started its journey from Longview, in Texas, before heading to San Antonio, and then Crestview, in Florida. An hour after landing on the coast of Delaware, the plane is set to head to Teterboro airport in New Jersey. The plane is the same one which headed from San Antonio, to Crestview and then on to Martha’s Vineyard on September 14. Republicans have stepped up their attacks on the Biden administration as they try to make immigration the theme of November's midterm elections. Lt. Gov Jeanette Nunez declared over the weekend that DeSantis’ administration is planning to send any illegal...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said he sent two planes to Texas to bring undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard “for Florida.” DeSantis used $615,000 in taxpayer money to bring nearly 50 undocumented Venezuelan immigrants from Florida to the Massachusetts island. Some of the immigrants have said they were promised expedited work papers and job opportunities. The governor has been floated as a potential 2024 presidential contender, and critics have claimed the move is a stunt to help his political fortunes. Appearing on Fox News on Monday, DeSantis explained his reasoning to Sean Hannity. “You’ve had criminal aliens get across that southern border and victimize Americans, killing some, raping some,” DeSantis said. “Was there any type of outrage about that? No. And then of course we know fentanyl deaths are at an all-time high.” The governor said people on Martha’s Vineyard “wanted this” because they said they are a “sanctuary jurisdiction.” “These are people who were basically destitute and then put in a situation where they could have succeeded, but that was all virtue-signaling,” he continued, noting the immigrants have since...
    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...
    New York City's Mayor has said that migrants arriving in his city from Texas could be housed on cruise ships as he considers taking legal action against Governor Abbott amid the country's spiraling migrant issue.  Eric Adams revealed that his team could lodge a lawsuit against the Lone Star State's Governor as immigrants in their thousands continue to be shipped across the country - in many cases, without prior warning.  Republican governors have now upped the escalating immigration war again in Democrat-run areas by threatening to fly illegal migrants to President Biden’s home state of Delaware.  Busses and planes full of illegal immigrants have so far arrived in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Massachusetts from the southern borders.   During a series of scathing interviews, Adams said that the dire humanitarian crisis being faced was to some extent caused by 'the governors in the southern states.'  At least six busses of asylum seekers arrived in New York from Texas on Sunday - while shelters in the city reached 'breaking point.' In total, over 11,000 migrants have arrived in the city since...
    Attorneys who are representing the 30 of the 48 Venezuelan asylum-seekers who were flown from Texas to Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts are looking to open a criminal investigation, claiming the victims were 'induced to board airplanes and cross state lines under false pretenses'. Boston-based group Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) who are representing the asylum-seekers pro-bono say the group, which includes women and toddlers, were duped in a coordinated political stunt that targeted vulnerable people based on their race and country of origin.  'Individuals, working in concert with state officials, including the Florida governor, made numerous false promises [to the migrants] – including of work opportunities, schooling for their children, and immigration assistance – in order to induce them to travel,' the lawyers state. The lawyers are now urging US attorney Rachael Rollins and the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, to open up criminal investigations into those who behind the transportation of the group.  'We strongly believe that criminal laws were broken by the perpetrators of this stunt,' LCR wrote in a letter. Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker made the decision to move the illegal immigrants just 48 hours...
    As Republican Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas continued over the weekend to defend their plot to put refugees and migrants from Latin America on planes and busses to northern cities and communities, critics of the 'cruel' and 'immoral' have said the two should face investigation and ultimately criminal prosecution for misleading and mistreating the people at the center of their political gamesmanship. Amid confirmed reports that many of the migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard last week by DeSantis had been misled by officials in Florida about the nature of their trip, immigration rights legal aides have said they intend to push for legal action to stop such abuses. As the New York Times reports: The lawyers said they would seek an injunction in federal court early next week to stop the flights of migrants to cities around the country, alleging that the Republican governor had violated due process and the civil rights of the migrants flown from Texas to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. 'They were told, 'You have a hearing in...
    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...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed the GOP governors who sent groups of migrants to Martha's Vineyard and Washington DC as guilty of 'crimes against humanity'.  Without naming them directly, the progressive New York Democrat excoriated Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a series of tweets on Friday.   'It's appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees,' she wrote. 'Don't normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn't politics as usual. It's abuse,' added Ocasio-Cortez. On Wednesday, DeSantis flew roughly 50 Venezuelan migrants who entered the US illegally to the wealthy Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard -- though many say they expected to fly to Boston. Meanwhile, Abbott sent two buses full of about 100 migrants from the Texas border to Vice President Kamala Harris' official residence in DC. Another 50 were bussed to the same address on Saturday, with three more buses also arriving in New York City Saturday morning.   Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has...
    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,...
    More than two million undocumented immigrants will be arrested trying to cross into the U.S. in 2022. And Democrats don't bat an eye. But fly 50 migrants to one of the wealthiest places in America, spotted with multi-million dollar mansions, surrounded by the mega-yachts of the rich and famous and Democrats lose their minds? What a joke! I am a Democrat and the former Majority Leader of the California State Senate. The first woman to ever hold that position. I am also a proud Latina. I am telling you that if the Democratic party thinks that Latinos are outraged by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard – they are dead wrong! On Friday, the governor of Massachusetts dispatched the National Guard to whisk away these 50 migrants to a military base in Cape Cod that once housed hurricane disaster victims. But what about the hundreds of migrants sleeping on the street of El Paso, Texas? Or the countless other migrants, sleeping outside in cities and towns across the U.S./Mexico border? This Democratic stronghold - where the Obamas...
    by Bethany Blankley   The state of Florida has begun flying foreign nationals who entered the U.S. illegally at the southern border – and were transported by the Biden administration to Florida – north to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Delaware, New York and California are likely next, according to statements made by Gov. Ron DeSantis and his staff. Two planes arrived in Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, where one of former President Barack Obama’s multi-million dollar mansions is located. The flights fulfilled a pledge DeSantis made last fall after dozens of federally funded charter planes transported people who’d entered the U.S. illegally through the southern border to Florida instead of deporting them. Florida sued over the policy, and over the administration’s catch and release and other immigration and border security policies. DeSantis also signed a bill into law prohibiting state agencies from contracting with companies transporting people from the border to Florida. He also vowed to relocate those arriving from the border after Floridians were allegedly being murdered by men DeSantis said shouldn’t have been in the state in the...
    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...
    The White House hit back at Republican governors who are sending migrants to Washington, calling their actions 'cruel' and 'inhumane,' on Thursday after dozens were dumped outside the vice president's official residence. Instead, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre shrugged off questions about whether the border was secure to blame the Trump administration for a broken system. It comes as Republicans step up their attacks on the Biden administration for border security as they try to make immigration the theme of November's midterm elections.  'What I can tell you is the record and the process that we have been using to make sure that we do our best to secure the border,' Jean-Pierre said from the podium. 'We do our best to make sure that we fix a broken system that was left behind by the last administration.' She suggested a lengthy but uncertain timeline for fixing a system that she said was in 'fundamental' disrepair.  'We understand it's not like flipping a light switch. This does not happen overnight,' the Biden official said.  'This is an immigration system that is fundamentally...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced a bill that would create processing centers for the surge of migrants at the southern border in wealthy Democratic strongholds. Cruz, who has vehemently denounced the Biden administration’s approach to immigration, said Tuesday that the Stop the Surge of Unsafe Rio Grande Encampments Act would make Democrats "face the disaster of their policies and the humanitarian misery they are causing." KAMALA HARRIS, DISASTER Democrats need to face the disaster of their policies and the humanitarian misery they are causing.That’s why I’ve introduced a bill to create new ports of entry in places like Greenwich, Martha’s Vineyard, Rehoboth Beach, and Palo Alto. #BidenBorderCrisis pic.twitter.com/VaqYlbqXuT— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 19, 2021 "I am introducing this crucial legislation to alleviate the massive overload at the southern border by establishing new ports of entry in Democrat-led communities such as North Hero, Vermont, where Bernie Sanders spends his summers, and Martha’s Vineyard, where Democrat elites host their cocktail parties," Cruz wrote . “You see rich Democrats basically saying to Texas and the rest...
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