Florida Governor Ron DeSantis authorizes transfer of migrants to other states

Less than a year and a half before the American presidential election, the subject of immigration still marks a clear divide between the fiercest Democrats and Republicans. Among the latter, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who officially declared himself a candidate for the White House at the end of May, enacted a law in February 2023 authorizing his administration to transfer illegal immigrants. to another state, including if they live outside of Florida.

On Tuesday June 6, the authorities of this large state in the south-east of the United States confirmed to Agence France-Presse that they had organized, last week and this Monday, the sending of migrants, by plane, from Texas to ‘in California. The two groups of migrants made this trip in a way ” deliberate “ the Florida Emergency Management Service assured in a statement.

The company contracted to transport the migrants entrusted them to the philanthropic association Catholic Charities, specified the officials of Florida who attached to their press release a video in which one can see people smiling, reading documents pen in hand, and assure you have been treated well.

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The first group of migrants, from Colombia and Venezuela, arrived in Sacramento, the Californian capital, on Friday, and the second group, mainly from Venezuela, landed on Monday, according to American press.

Threats of legal action

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and faith-based organizations that helped the migrants said the new arrivals were housed in two locations in the city, and given food, clothing and cellphones to contact their families. families.

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Ron DeSantis claimed last September the transfer of 48 migrants by plane from Texas to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a popular vacation spot for American high society, located in Massachusetts (northeast).

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The Democratic governor of California expressed his outrage at the practice on Monday, threatening Ron DeSantis with legal action. “Ron DeSantis, pathetic little man”, tweeted Gavin Newsom. “It’s not Martha’s Vineyard here. A kidnapping charge? »he added, along with a screenshot of a California state law section regarding kidnappings.

“For Progressive El Paso Mayors [Texas] and Denver [Colorado], the relocation of those who cross the United States border illegally is nothing new. But, when Florida sends illegal migrants to a sanctuary city, it is wrongly accused of detention and kidnapping”defended the Florida Emergency Management Service.

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The World with AFP

2023-06-07 00:42:54

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