Gavin Newsom Wants DOJ To Prosecute DeSantis For Flying Migrants To Martha’s Vineyard For Free
Weeks after he started running television ads in Florida attacking the leadership of that state’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, following which it was discovered members of his own family had donated to DeSantis’ re-election campaign, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking the Department of Justice to investigate if DeSantis’ decision to send illegal migrants to other parts of the country constituted kidnapping.
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Newsom — who reportedly is considering a run for the presidency — questioned whether Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and DeSantis sending illegal immigrants from their respective states to self-proclaimed sanctuary cities for migrants, such as New York City, Washington, D.C. Chicago and Martha’s Vineyard, violated the law.
“Several of the individuals who were transported to Martha’s Vineyard have alleged that a recruiter induced them to accept the offer of travel based on false representations that they would be transported to Boston and would receive expedited access to work authorization,” Newsom wrote. “I urge US DOJ to investigate whether the alleged fraudulent inducement would support charges of kidnapping under relevant state laws.”
DeSantis sent migrants to Massachusetts earlier this week, after promising he would relocate them to a “sanctuary destination.”
At a press conference Thursday, DeSantis defended his transport order, saying, “We are not a sanctuary state and it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction…Yes, we will help facilitate that transfer for you to be able to go to greener pastures.”
DeSantis’ relocation move follows Abbott’s efforts to relocate thousands of illegal immigrants who have crossed over his state’s southern border. Abbott’s administration has spent about $15-million on chartered buses for migrants to travel to Chicago and Washington, D.C.