DeSantis: Migrants’ flights to Martha’s Vineyard ‘clearly voluntary’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said late Monday that the flights he chartered for migrants to Martha’s Vineyard were “clearly voluntary.” “It was clearly voluntary,

and all the other nonsense you’re hearing is just not true,” DeSantis told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. “And why wouldn’t they want to go, given where they were?” DeSantis

said all the migrants who flew to Martha’s Vineyard last week signed consent forms and were provided with maps and numbers for different services in the area. The

Florida governor has been accused of recruiting a group of nearly 50 migrants under false pretenses when he chartered two flights from Texas to the Massachusetts island late

Wednesday.  The sheriff for Bexar County, Texas opened an investigation on Monday into DeSantis’s transport of migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard. According

to the sheriff, one migrant was paid to recruit the others, who were promised work and other benefits. However, DeSantis has denied the accusations, claiming the

migrants were willing to leave after being “abandoned, homeless, and ‘left to fend for themselves’” in Texas, his spokesperson previously told The Hill. “They were in

really, really bad shape,” DeSantis said on Hannity’s show. “There are jobs available in Martha’s Vineyard. There is lodging available in Martha’s Vineyard. Had they lived up to …

what they bill themselves out as a sanctuary jurisdiction, they could have absorbed those people without a problem.”