california attorney general investigates florida’s potential involvement in migrant transfer to sacramento
California’s Attorney General, Rob Bonta, is launching an investigation into whether the government of the state of Florida played a role in the unexpected arrival of over a dozen migrants in Sacramento, California. The incident has sparked partisan tensions and raises questions about the legality and ethics of such actions. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his representatives have not yet provided any comment on the matter. This investigation comes in the wake of a similar incident last year when migrants were transported to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as part of a campaign by Republican governors to shift the immigration burden to Democratic-run cities.
The Sacramento Arrival
According to officials cited by The Los Angeles Times, sixteen asylum-seekers from Venezuela and Colombia were dropped off at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento on Friday. The migrants had initially been transported by bus from Texas to New Mexico before being flown by private jet to Sacramento. California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement on Saturday, expressing his concern about the situation.
Attorney General Rob Bonta, a Democrat, issued a separate statement, revealing that California would be launching an investigation into the matter. The state aims to determine whether there was any criminal or civil liability associated with arranging the flight. Initial findings indicate that the migrants possessed documentation purporting to be from the government of the State of Florida. Bonta condemned the incident, stating that state-sanctioned kidnapping is neither a public policy choice nor acceptable; it is immoral and disgusting. He emphasized that California would welcome the migrants with open arms.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is also a Republican presidential nominee hopeful for 2024, has not responded to requests for comment on the investigation into his state’s potential involvement in the migrant transfer. Last year, DeSantis organized a similar transportation of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, announcing the possibility of more flights and buses as part of efforts to address immigration challenges.
Florida’s state data revealed that the state paid $615,000 to an aviation company as part of a “relocation program of unauthorized aliens.” The financial transaction highlights Florida’s active participation in initiatives aiming to redistribute migrants to different parts of the country, thereby easing the immigration burden on their state.
The investigation into the unexpected arrival of migrants in Sacramento, California, without advance notice has brought attention to the potential involvement of the government of the state of Florida. As Attorney General Rob Bonta leads the inquiry, California aims to determine whether there is any criminal or civil liability associated with arranging such transfers. The incident has further intensified partisan tensions surrounding immigration policies and the actions of Republican governors, particularly as Governor Ron DeSantis pursues the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. California stands firm in its commitment to welcome the migrants, condemning any state-sanctioned kidnapping and emphasizing the moral and ethical implications of such actions.