TX: County sheriff launches criminal investigation into DeSantis’s immigrant trafficking stunt

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A criminal investigation has been launched in Texas into whether dozens of asylum seekers were illegally flown from the state to Martha’s Vineyard …. The Bexar county sheriff, Javier Salazar, said on Monday that his office was investigating the flights, chartered on behalf of the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, which brought dozens of migrants to the island in Massachusetts. … Salazar did not discuss what specific laws might have been broken, but said it seemed evident that asylum seekers had been ‘lured under false pretenses,’ with a recruiter given a ‘bird dog fee’ to gather dozens of people who were outside a San Antonio migrant resource center. … Many of the asylum seekers were given pamphlets advertising cash assistance, help with housing, job training and other resources if they came to Massachusetts. But the promised benefits are only available for refugees, a specific categorization under US immigration law that the asylum seekers do not currently fall under.” (09/20/22)