DeSantis team lured hungry immigrants with $10 McDonald’s gift cards, lawsuit says

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Peter Kavinsky

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ team lured immigrants with $10 McDonald’s gift cards to gain their trust as part of a “scheme” to fly them to Texas’ Martha’s Vineyard, a new federal lawsuit claims. .

The lawsuit was brought by Boston-based Lawyers for Civil Rights on behalf of a class of affected immigrants, including those stranded on Martha’s Vineyard and Alianza Americas, a network of immigrant-led organizations that support immigrants.

The federal class-action lawsuit said unidentified people working with the governor identified and attacked migrants for “scouring the streets outside a migrant shelter” in San Antonio, Texas, “pretending to be Good Samaritans and offering assistance.” humanitarian”.

The suit added that after offering the gift certificates, migrants were also promised educational opportunities and other assistance if they boarded planes to other states.

Last week, DeSantis and his Texas counterpart Greg Abbott sent migrants on planes and buses to liberal states to make a political statement on the “historic” crisis at the US border.

The measure was attacked by the White House as an “illegal” and political coup.

The class action names Florida Secretary of Transportation Jared W Perdue, the State of Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation and five unnamed “Doe” defendants along with Mr. DeSantis.

Several migrants who were transported previously said they thought they were traveling to Boston to receive work papers.

On Monday, Bexar County Sheriff, Texas, Javier Salazar, said in a statement that his office is investigating whether immigrants have been victims of crimes.

“The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into migrants who were lured from the Migrant Resource Center, located in Bexar County, TX, and taken to Florida, where they were left to fend for themselves in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.” said the statement.

In a statement released Tuesday night, DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske lashed out at activists helping immigrants in his case.

“If these activists spent a fraction of that time and effort at the border, perhaps some responsibility would be brought to the Biden administration’s reckless border policies that lure illegal immigrants to make dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America and put their lives at risk. hands of cartels and coyotes,” she said.

Mr. DeSantis has yet to issue a statement on the lawsuit.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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