Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ team has responded to the new federal lawsuit filed by an immigrant rights group fighting the constitutionality of the state flying immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
DeSantis’ communication director, Taryn Fenske has noted that the relocation program was “lawfully executed under an appropriation of the Florida state legislature,” it is also noteworthy that she stated that it does not violate federal law either. She maintained that the state’s actions would continue to be defended against politically motivated lawsuits.
The 28-page lawsuit was filed on Thursday by three separate groups, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Americans for Immigrant Justice, and Hope Community Center and it is directed against not only DeSantis but also state Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The flights in question were arranged by Florida officials to carry immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. As part of the program 49 immigrants, mainly of Venezuelan origin, were transported to the island where former President Obama has a holiday estate.
Local officials had not been informed ahead of time about the arrival of these immigrants.
DeSantis has maintained that these flights are necessary for bringing attention to the Biden administration’s border policies. DeSantis is not the only Republican with an active relocation program, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has also been using buses to transport immigrants from Texas to Democrat-controlled sanctuary destinations.