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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice asking them to investigate flights of immigrants from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, ordered by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
DeSantis’s move to follow in the footsteps of red state governors like Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and send immigrants to blue states, this time by plane, has led to a political firestorm. Several leading left-wing figures, including Hillary Clinton, have gone so far as to decry the move as “human trafficking.”
Thompson is now seeking to take concrete action against DeSantis’s controversial move by getting the DHS and DOJ involved. He is confident that his request will be met favorably.
“I think a letter from the chairman … asking for them to review it would be enough,” he said, according to a tweet from The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch, who posted a letter to DHS and the DOJ.
The Hill reports:
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said the panel was concerned that migrants who had recently crossed the border in Texas “were coerced to board the flight through false information. According to press reports, the migrants were intentionally misled into believing that the flight was destined for Boston and that they would receive shelter and expedited work permits after arrival.”
The letter asks the DOJ “whether any Federal laws were violated in the coercion and transport of the migrants.”
For the DHS, it requests “any coordination in their release from federal custody and any screening that may have occurred in connection to their flight within the United States.”
The letter cites grave concerns migrants were “intentionally misled” about the flight and asks “whether any Federal laws were violated in the coercion and transport of the migrants.” pic.twitter.com/l93CJbR79T
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