DeSantis’s Migrant Stunt Is Kidnapping by Another Name

Source: Cato Institute
by David J Bier

“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew about 50 Venezuelan immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday night, as part of a Republican effort to expose — in the words of Sen. Ted Cruz (R‑TX) — liberal ‘hypocrisy’ for (supposedly) supporting pro‐​immigrant border policies but (supposedly) being outraged over the immigrants coming to their communities. But Sen. Cruz is wrong. There’s no outrage over helping these people. The outrage is over the fraud used to trick these vulnerable people into the political stunt. … This isn’t a legal analysis, but kidnapping is really the only word that works to describe it. The state used deception to transport someone to a place they wouldn’t otherwise go for the purpose of harming them and depriving them of the ability to move freely (especially to Florida).” (09/16/22)