February 21, 2024
Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks on the “Roast and Trip” occasion hosted by Senator Joni Ernst whereas campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, June 3. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

California’s legal professional normal is investigating whether or not the state of Florida performed any position in sending greater than a dozen migrants to Sacramento with out advance discover.

Representatives of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t instantly reply Sunday to a request for remark.

DeSantis final yr organized to move dozens of migrants to the Massachusetts trip enclave, Martha’s Winery, as a part of a marketing campaign by Republican governors in Texas and Florida to shift a few of the immigration burden to Democratic-run cities to the north.

The buses and planes of migrants have elevated partisan stress on immigration, as DeSantis pursues the 2024 Republican nomination for president.

Sixteen asylum seekers from Venezuela and Colombia had been dropped off on the doorstep of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento on Friday, the Los Angeles Occasions reported, citing officers.

That they had initially been taken by bus from Texas to New Mexico after which flown by non-public jet to Sacramento, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned in an announcement issued Saturday.

Lawyer Common Rob Bonta, additionally a Democrat, mentioned in a separate assertion that California was investigating whether or not there was felony or civil legal responsibility for individuals who organized the flight.

Preliminary findings revealed the migrants possessed documentation “purporting to be from the federal government of the state of Florida,” Bonta mentioned.

“Whereas we proceed to gather proof, I wish to say this very clearly: State-sanctioned kidnapping just isn’t a public coverage selection, it’s immoral and disgusting,” Bonta mentioned, including that California would welcome the migrants “with open arms.”

Responding to the Martha’s Winery incident, DeSantis informed supporters final yr that, “There could also be extra flights, there could also be buses.”

Florida paid $615,000 to an aviation firm as a part of a “relocation program of unauthorized aliens,” Florida state information confirmed.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; enhancing by Christopher Cushing)