Human trafficking victims and one-month-old baby: Florida and Texas migrant transports carried more than a dozen babies
Last week, Republican governors of Florida and Texas sent more than a dozen migrant children, including a one-month-old baby, on highly controversial plane and bus trips to liberal places on the East Coast.
The children were among more than 100 asylum seekers, many of them deported to Venezuelans to Martha’s Vineyard, New York City and Washington DC.
On Friday, Florida chartered two planes that sent nearly 50 migrants, many of whom were waiting in Texas, to the affluent island of Martha’s Vineyard, to process their legally protected asylum claims.
The group included about a dozen children of primary school age, Richie Smith, the island’s superintendent of schools, told MV Times, Children under the age of two were on the flights, NPR reported. Some children were reportedly hula hooping as local officials scrambled to find emergency accommodation for the migrants.
a family told Texas Tribune He and his 7-year-old daughter faced kidnapping and beatings from a Mexican drug cartel while traveling from Peru to the US.
Eduardo, one of the migrants, said, “When they told us they were going to help us get a job, with rent, that was the only option we had.”
The White House on Friday condemned the flights.
“These were kids. They were mothers. They were running from communism. And what did Governor DeSantis and Governor Abbott do to them? They used them as political pawns, treated them like chattels,” said White House officials. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. Press briefing on Friday.
Many asylum seekers say they were fascinated to travel with false claims of workHousing and social services are reportedly provided only by a mysterious woman known only as Perla.
Officials have condemned the flights as “human trafficking”.
“Sending vulnerable migrants across the country is not a campaign strategy. This is human trafficking,” said US Representative Ilhan Omar, himself a former refugee, Told on Thursday. “It’s an abuse of dozens of human beings and a celebration of that abuse for political gain.”
Others have suggested that if migrants and their families were lured into flights under false pretenses, it could be grounds for a criminal investigation.
Several children were photographed on a trio of buses carrying more than 100 people, which the state of Texas sent to Vice President Kamala Harris’ doorstep at the Naval Observatory in Washington DC. on Thursday and Saturday.
There was a one-year-old child in the group, Washington Post reports, Several children were photographed on at least 15 buses packed with immigrants from the state of Texas sent to New York City over the weekend.
Children were photographed sleeping off the charter with oversized backpacks, bright pink sandals and plastic bags filled with the stuff. Passengers on the bus described brutal conditions and starvation.
“We stopped for food, but many people did not have money to buy food. I’m so hungry,” said 35-year-old Gustavo Pacheco New York Post,
Governor Abbott has sent about 10,000 migrants to Washington since April, thousands of whom are on their way to New York and Chicago,Guardian Report. He and Governor DeSantis have both stood by the policies.
“The Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis at our southern border that has beleaguered and overwhelmed Texas communities for nearly two years,” Mr. Abbott said in a statement Last week. “Our perceived border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has yet to visit the border to see the impact of open border policies, even as the border is claimed to be ‘secure’. for even to see the impact of open border policies. Texas will continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C., until President Biden and Border Tsar Harris step in and secure the border. Don’t do your job for the sake of it.”
Last week, the governor of Florida said more flights May have come, and said that such transports were bringing migrants to “green pastures”.
“If you have people who think Florida is a good place, our message to them is that we are not a sanctuary state,” Mr. DeSantis Told on Thursday. “It’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we’ll help facilitate that transportation for you, to get to greener pastures.”