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Lawyers working with migrants file federal lawsuit against Governor DeSantis

BOSTON — A federal civil rights class action lawsuit has been filed against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other officials regarding the movement of Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. The case was filed by the Lawyers for Civil Rights group which works with migrants at Joint Base Cape Cod.

The lawsuit claims the migrants were lured onto planes and across state lines under false pretences.

“No human being should be used as a political pawn in the highly polarized national debate on immigration,” said Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights.

In addition to DeSantis, the suit names Jared Perdue, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, and the State of Florida.

“These cowardly government actors must be held accountable for their blatant abuse of government power,” said Jacob Love, an LCR staff attorney.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the harm suffered by the migrants.

Governor DeSantis’ office dismissed the lawsuit, calling it “political theater” and saying the thefts to the vineyard were voluntary.

A lawyer for the migrants said a consent form given to them was not fully translated into English.

On Monday night, a Texas sheriff announced he was launching a criminal investigation, a move Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said He supports.


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