Investigation opened for sending migrants to ‘presidential island’

Washington DC, United States.- A Texas sheriff announced Monday that he has opened a criminal investigation into the flights that took 48 migrants last week from a shelter in San Antonio to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a vacation spot that has hosted the Kennedys, the Clintons and the Obamas.

Sheriff Javier Salazar of Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, said he recruited agents from his office’s organized crime task force, but said it’s too early to say what laws might have been violated.

He said it is clear that many of the migrants were tricked and lured away from Texas to score political points.

The migrants, caught up in an escalating political fight between Republican governors of border states and Democratic officials, were flown to the island of Massachusetts by Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida last week.

A day later, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas sent two buses full of undocumented immigrants to the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington.

It appears that one migrant was paid to recruit other Venezuelan migrants, who have been crossing the southwest border in greater numbers, from the area around a resource center for undocumented immigrants in San Antonio, Sheriff Salazar said.

The migrants were “lured under false pretenses” with promises of work and a better life, he added.

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