Sunday, June 4, 2023

Playing Politics with Immigrant Lives: Migrants Transported from Texas to Sacramento, California


In recent months, Governors of Texas and Florida have sought to score political points in the immigration debate by shipping vulnerable migrants to other states, with Martha's Vinyard in Massachusetts one of the destinations.

CNN now reports on the latest development in this cynical practice:  "over a dozen migrants arrived in Sacramento, California, by private jet `with no prior arrangement or care in place,'"

California Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta met with the group yesterday.

The immigrants were taken from Texas to New Mexico, then flown by private chartered jet to California, where they were “dumped on the doorstep of a local church without any advance warning,” Newsom said in a statement.

The full statement of Governor Gavin Newsom on the migrant arrivals in California reads as follows:

“Today, Attorney General Rob Bonta and I met with over a dozen migrants in Sacramento. These individuals were transported from Texas to New Mexico before being flown by private chartered jet to Sacramento and dumped on the doorstep of a local church without any advance warning. We are working closely with the Mayor’s office, along with local and nonprofit partners to ensure the people who have arrived are treated with respect and dignity, and get to their intended destination as they pursue their immigration cases. My Administration is also working with the California Department of Justice to investigate the circumstances around who paid for the group’s travel and whether the individuals orchestrating this trip misled anyone with false promises or have violated any criminal laws, including kidnapping.”


UPDATE (June 5):  There was another migrant flight to Sacramento today.



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