DOJ, DHS face request to investigate DeSantis migrant flights

The House Homeland Security Committee is asking both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to open investigations into flights organized by the Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) transporting asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Commission chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said the panel was concerned that migrants who had recently crossed the Texas border “were being forced to board the flight by false information. According to press reports, the migrants were deliberately misled into believing that the flight was destined for Boston and that they would be given shelter and work permits upon arrival.”

DeSantis has chartered a private plane to take recently arrived asylum seekers, many of whom had traveled to the US from Venezuela, to the island of Massachusetts in an effort to transport migrants to left-wing areas. the border.

While DeSantis has said the move was necessary to protect Floridians, the flights he paid about $12 million for are from Texas.

The letter asks the DOJ “whether any federal laws were violated in the coercion and transportation of the migrants.”

For the DHS, it asks for “any coordination in their release from federal custody and any screening that may have occurred in connection with their flight within the United States.”

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Neither the DOJ nor DHS immediately responded to the request for comment.

When asked by The Hill whether either agency seemed admissible to launch an investigation, Thompson said, “Well, I think a letter from the chairman of Homeland Security asking for it to be reviewed would suffice. to acknowledge that: ‘We’ll do something about it.'”

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