California Attorney General Rob Bonta is investigating a private plane full of immigrants flown to Sacramento while a sheriff’s office in Texas filed a criminal case over those flown to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor – and 2024 presidential candidate – Ron DeSantis.
Bonta said Sacramento had received two private planes full of immigrants that he suspects are part of a “scheme” by DeSantis to relocate immigrants against their will to Democrat-led cities as a political power play.
“Today I met with over a dozen migrants who were brought to Sacramento by private plane, with no prior arrangement or care in place,” Bonta said in a statement. “We are investigating the circumstances by which these individuals were brought to California.”
“While we continue to collect evidence, I want to say this very clearly: State-sanctioned kidnapping is not a public policy choice, it is immoral and disgusting.”
Eddie Carmona, campaign director at a faith-based organization in the state, said the immigrants appeared to have no idea where they were transported to and that he believes they were “lied to and intentionally deceived” into getting on the plane.
Bonta’s office followed up, saying, “As was the case with the migrants who arrived on Friday, the migrants who arrived today carried documents indicating that their transportation to California involved the State of Florida.”
Texas County Recommends Criminal Charges
In a similar incident which DeSantis has taken credit for, 49 immigrants were flown out of Texas into Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, an area known for its rich and famous residents.
“The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has officially filed a completed criminal case with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office regarding the incident from September 2022 where 49 migrants were flown to Martha’s Vineyard,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “The charge filed is Unlawful Restraint and several accounts were filed, both misdemeanor and felony. At this time, the case is being reviewed by the DA’s office.”
Florida’s legislature has given DeSantis $22 million dollars in funding to pay for immigrant flights to sanctuary cities.
His office has not commented on either incident or the criminal case.