Texas sheriff opens criminal investigation into Martha's Vineyard migrant trips
Several Latino civil rights groups are calling for a criminal investigation into the flights of migrants to Martha's Vineyard by Fla. Gov. DeSantis.
A Texas sheriff said Monday that his office has opened a criminal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ unprecedented move to send nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, last week.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the inquiry was in its early stages, and he declined to name possible suspects. But in a news conference, he said: “Everybody on this call knows who those names are already.”
Salazar said it was not clear whether any laws had been broken, but he said that 48 migrants appeared to have been “lured under false pretenses” into staying at a hotel for a couple of days before they were flown to Florida and Martha’s Vineyard.
A mother and child wait outside of St. Andrew's Parrish House where Venezuelan migrants were fed lunch with donated food from the community on Sept. 15, 2022 in Martha's Vineyard.Jonathan Wiggs / Boston Globe via Getty Images“They were promised work,” he said. “They were promised the solution to several of their problems.”
He said a recruiter was paid a "bird dog fee" to gather roughly 50 people around a San Antonio migrant resource center.