The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Ron DeSantis, who is accused of defrauding migrants into flying them to a luxury island in the northeastern United States.
In the lawsuit in Massachusetts court, some of the immigrants and an advocacy organization say they were offered McDonald’s vouchers and promises of help once they got there.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, his transportation chief Jared Perdue and unnamed others have been accused of “baiting the plaintiffs by taking advantage of their most basic needs” and making “false promises” of jobs and housing.
According to the complaint filed by the group of associations to protect the rights of immigrants, Alianza Americas, these individuals “manipulated (the immigrants) their dignity (…) to pursue illegal goals and political objectives” .
A group of about fifty Venezuelan migrants, including children, arrived by plane on Wednesday on Martha’s Vineyard Island – a resort for the wealthy that has hosted the Kennedys, Clintons or Obamas – before staying temporarily at a nearby military base.
He was responsible for sending these settlers to Democratic cities in the north and east of the country, joined by the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona.
The complaint, filed Tuesday, asks the judge to recognize the constitutionality of a class action in the case, prohibiting the use of “fraud and false representations” to “lead immigrants to move to another state” and to award them damages.
Confusion on Tuesday marked the possibility of a similar plane carrying migrants from Texas arriving in Delaware, not far from Washington.
But by evening, the plane, which was supposed to land at the tiny Georgetown airport, had not yet arrived, instead diverting to Nashville and then on to New Jersey, according to flight tracking sites. Civil society organizations had made the trip with translators to welcome the migrants.
Immigration policy, an explosive issue in the United States, is at high stakes just weeks before midterm elections, with Republicans accusing Joe Biden of turning the border with Mexico into a sieve.