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Florida State Senator Sues Ron DeSantis Over Migrant Political Stunt

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis faces more legal challenges after participating in a brutal political stunt that included luring immigrants away from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard with a false claim last week.

Florida Senator Jason Bezo, D, on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Republican governor and other state officials, alleging that their actions as part of the scheme violated state law. It aims to prevent DeSantis from continuing to move immigrants.

Pizzo said DeSantis used state funds to help pay for transportation costs for two planes carrying about 50 immigrants to Massachusetts.

While there is a provision in the state budget that sets aside $12 million for a “program to facilitate the removal of unauthorized aliens from this state in compliance with federal law,” in this case, the immigrants were not originally in Florida.

The only time the immigrants were in the Sunshine State was when the two planes landed at a Florida airport before taking off again for Massachusetts.

Besides, immigrants are legally allowed to remain in the country while their applications for asylum or other assistance are being processed.

“Senator Bezo never misses an opportunity to get 15 minutes of fame and defies action on the allocation he voted for,” DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Finsky told CNN Thursday.

Aside from DeSantis, the three other defendants named in the lawsuit are Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s chief financial officer. State Department of Transportation; and Jared W. Purdue, Section Head.

Three Venezuelan migrants flown to the island filed a lawsuit Tuesday against DeSantis and others involved in carrying out the scheme.

The lawsuit states that “these immigrants, who pursue appropriate channels to obtain legal immigration status in the United States, have been subjected to cruelty similar to what they fled in their homeland.”

The three immigrants described how they were deceived by charter scouts who offered free accommodations and promised legal work papers if they boarded planes, which they were told would take them to Washington, D.C. and Boston. Instead, planes flew them to the remote island of Martha’s Vineyard without prior notification to local officials, and where no arrangements were made to house them.

But the locals have risen to the challenge.

“Our island got to work putting together 50 beds, providing everyone with a good meal, providing a play area for the kids, and making sure people get the health care and support they need,” Massachusetts Representative Dylan Fernandez (D) wrote on Twitter. “We are a community uniting to support immigrants.”

Fernandez has too called the Ministry of Justice to launch an investigation into DeSantis’ actions.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in Texas is investigating the operation.

DeSantis has been floated as a possible 2024 Republican presidential candidate.

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