Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is currently being investigated by California officials for allegedly coercing 16 immigrants to relocate to Sacramento, with unkept promises of jobs and social assistance. Two planes carried migrants, mostly Venezuelan, from New Mexico to a church this past weekend, and legislators led by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) are accusing DeSantis of funding and concocting this plan to leave them hapless.
DeSantis has denied all claims that the asylum-seekers boarded the flights on Monday and Friday under false hope, or that they were kidnapped, which he has been condemned for doing in the past. While a direct connection between this incident and DeSantis has not been confirmed, many Democrats have been quick to blame him, including California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who said “he is petty, little ... and full of political stunts that hurt, harm and abuse and exploit people to try and get cheap political points. It’s wrong”.
After meeting the migrants who were left at Sacramento’s Roman Catholic Diocese church, one man told Mr. Bonta that he was deeply concerned for his family, whom he left with the hopes of finding a job to support them. His daughter, who is nine years old, left him a voicemail saying that she has not had food in days, while her mother has fallen ill and both are in desperate need of help. Their lives are now in the hands of California’s administration, and many in the group are worried about missing their court dates to plead for asylum, many of which are out of state.
Bonta and his office are currently leading the investigation into this controversial matter, which has already found that the Florida Division of Emergency Management was the mastermind behind this relocation, according to documentation that the travelers possessed.
Republican leaders nationwide have also begun moving immigrants to Democrat-led states to make a statement, displaying the reality of the immigration crisis, which has primarily been an out-of-sight issue for many these states. Texas governor and outspoken opponent of pro-immigration strategies, Gregg Abbott, transported a group of immigrants to Washington D.C. last Fall, which was soon followed by DeSantis’ flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Both states have been known for their candid liberal agenda and support for President Biden’s immigration policies.
Governor Newsom, along with many other Democratic proponents, are accusing DeSantis of exploiting and manipulating the migrants by moving them far from their families, solely to achieve political precedence. This has only fueled their long-standing quarrels, where immigrants remain the involuntary subjects of their political tactics. As the election nears, and debates about immigration continues to divide the two parties, migrants are anxious about the impact these disagreements will have on their livelihoods.
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