The class-action lawsuit filed by a group of illegal Venezuelan migrants against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who flew them to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., amounts to nothing more than political theater put on by opportunistic activists, DeSantis’ office argues.
DeSantis Communications Director Taryn Feske stressed in a statement Tuesday that it is opportunistic for activists to use immigrants for political theater without spending even a fraction of their time and effort at the border.
Feske believes that they’d change their minds and demand some accountability if they witness themselves the Biden Administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to put their lives in the hands of cartels and Coyotes which take them on a dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America to get to the US.
The class-action lawsuit against DeSantis and the state’s transportation secretary filed earlier on Tuesday by three unnamed migrants and immigration activists alleges that they were lured into boarding the flights through false promises such as jobs, housing, and financial assistance.
Some of the migrants, which were initially located at shelters in Texas, were told en route that they were heading to Martha’s Vineyard instead being sent to Washington, D.C., or Boston, as promised.
DeSantis, according to the suit, violated their Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Noting that immigrants were homeless, hungry, and abandoned, Feske stressed in the statement that relocations were done on a voluntary basis and provided a copy of the consent forms they signed before boarding.
The form content shows that migrants were aware their final destination will be Massachusetts and agreed to hold DeSantis’ office harmless of all liability arising out of or in any way relating to any injuries and damages that may occur during the agreed transport.