Migrants flown from Texas to Martha’s Vinyard by Ron DeSantis in a spectacular if unsuccessful political stunt are suing him, reports NBC News, claiming they were tricked into the scheme and cheated by it. The lawsuit follows a Texas sheriff’s own investigation into flights, which he says amounted to “luring” fugitives “under false pretenses.”
In the lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status in Massachusetts federal court, plaintiffs allege that the “deception” — which DeSantis acknowledged as part of its efforts to highlight illegal immigration — violates Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment and more constitutional protections have federal laws. In addition to seeking damages, they are also asking the court to stop DeSantis and others named in the lawsuit from “using fraud and misrepresentation to lure immigrants into traveling across state lines.” The lawsuit further argues that the money used by DeSantis was unauthorized because it “originated from the state’s Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and was therefore subject to its use restrictions.”
Apparently, DeSantis spent more than $600,000 on the flights: an extreme example of “library ownership” for the sole purpose of public order.