Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Class Action: Migrants Say Florida Governor DeSantis "Stranded" Them On Martha's Vineyard

The plaintiffs seek to represent a proposed class of dozens of migrants -- most originally from Venezuela -- who were flown to Martha's Vineyard on September 14. Joining them in the suit is Alianza Americas, a network of organizations supporting migrants across the country.

The lawsuit comes after the sheriff of Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, opened an investigation into whether DeSantis violated federal or state criminal statutes.

The migrants are represented by Oren Sellstrom, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Jacob Love and Mirian Albert of Lawyers for Civil Rights.

The case is Alianza Americas et al. v. DeSantis et al., case number 1:22-cv-11550, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  Here is the Complaint.

Responding to the controversy over the transfer of migrants to his state, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urged  Congress to  overhaul a "very screwed up" system.  "It's not a secret to anyone that our immigration system is broken and it's not a secret that the border is also broken because our immigration system is broken and states can't fix it," Baker said .


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