Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist joined State Sen. Annette Taddeo and a handful of Hispanic community leaders on Wednesday to discuss governor. Ron DeSantis’ Get 50 undocumented immigrants to fly out of Texas Martha’s Vineyard.
Crist slammed the governor over the controversial flights, calling the action a “disgusting political stunt.”
“Ron – you traded these people. you lied to her They spent our tax dollars flying them across the country,” Crist said. “Well, because of you, Floridians hold the bag for your games. There is no evidence that these refugees ever attempted to get to Florida. So Ron had to get her to participate in this political stunt.”
The Venezuelan migrants who were asylum seekers were lured onto the Florida-funded charter flights the promise of job opportunities and a better life. They were then flown to Martha’s Vineyard from San Antonio, Texas with no shelter or resources on arrival.
Crist said the political stunt helped serve as a distraction new anti-abortion laws introduced by Republicans in the US Senate.
“He has spent the last few months avoiding speaking about his ban. So he decided to change the subject instead. He didn’t care that Florida taxpayers and refugees fleeing socialist dictatorships will pay the price,” Crist said.
Taddeo, who fled Colombia when she was 17 after terrorists kidnapped her father, called the GOP’s support for DeSantis’ actions hypocritical and cited the government’s recent movement against communism.
“Look, politicians in Miami, where I represent the Senate, love to stand up and talk about communism,” she said. “If it wasn’t obvious before that they’re taking the pain and suffering of our communities into their own game, it’s quite obvious now.”
Goodbye Ferrothe executive director of the Venezuelan-American caucus, joined Taddeo.
“Today, Governor Ron DeSantis continues his inhumane and cruel political show at the expense of the despair and suffering of Venezuelan immigrants,” she said. “We don’t know when he will put more immigrants on a plane. We don’t know how much more taxpayer money he will spend on his political stance. He doesn’t care about our demand that he stop abusing people for his personal gain.”
“Denouncing Maduro’s criminal and cruel dictatorship and despising the immigrants who are desperately escaping that dictatorship is hypocritical and manipulative, to say the least,” she continued.
Ferro also criticized the financial burden the flights are putting on Florida taxpayers. The flights cost the state at least $615,000, Allocated part of $12 million in the budget for “relocation of migrants”.
“We want to remind Governor Ron DeSantis that all asylum seekers must be treated with dignity and respect and not as pawns in his cruel and horrific political games,” she said.
“Trying to please and mobilize his extremist base by hosting political shows that Floridians pay with their taxes just to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 is also further evidence that he is very cares little about the inhabitants of this state, all of us. ”
That Bexar County Sheriff’s Office launched a criminal investigation into the flights on Monday, investigating the incident as a potential human trafficking crime. immigration attorney Elizabeth Riccwho also spoke on Wednesday, said she believes the flights fall under the country’s definition of human trafficking.
“These aliens were not unauthorized, they were seeking asylum under international law, which is what they are allowed to do,” she said. “It is trade due to the fact the you was said, and DeSantis said This in a Press Conference, the you want to have ‘better lives and jobs.’ The seduction to walk somewhere because from better jobs or occasions falls direct in the definition from Trade.”
Massachusetts State Representative Carlos Gonzaleswho represented the state where the migrants ended up, gave an account of their situation and said they were welcomed with open arms.
“Governor DeSantis is a coward,” he said. “Migrants … denied their legal rights, used as human pawns in Massachusetts, were welcomed with open arms.”
The Venezuelan migrants flew to the posh island of Massachusetts have sued DeSantis and his Secretary of Transportation for participating in a “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme” to relocate them.