Texas Sheriff Wants Criminal Charges for DeSantis Sending Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in Texas has taken a significant step in the ongoing investigation into flights arranged by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to transport 49 undocumented migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last September. 

The Sheriff’s Office on Monday recommended a criminal case with the Bexar County district attorney, accusing DeSantis of Unlawful Restraint. Adelina Simpson, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, revealed that multiple charges, including both misdemeanor and felony accounts, were included in the filing.

“The case filed includes both felony and misdemeanor charges of Unlawful Restraint,” Simpson said in a statement. “At this time, the case is being reviewed by the DA’s office. Once an update is available, it will be provided to the public.”

The Sheriff’s Office did not disclose the names of any specific suspects. It’s now up to Bexar County’s prosecutors if they will follow the Sheriff’s Office’s recommendation.

The investigation was initially launched after concerns were raised by Javier Salazar, the sheriff of the southern Texas county encompassing San Antonio. Salazar expressed apprehensions that the migrants may have been enticed under false pretenses.

DeSantis has maintained that the flights were part of his administration’s voluntary migrant relocation efforts. However, this explanation did not dissuade local authorities from pursuing the matter further. 

The controversial incident took place as part of DeSantis’ larger protest against President Biden’s immigration and border policies. The Florida governor had previously signed a bill in February that expands a contentious state program that allows the relocation of migrants from any part of the country to cities governed by Democrats.

DeSantis is actively campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2024 elections and is currently trailing behind former president Donald Trump in polls.

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