Florida’s senator filed a lawsuit against the Republican governor. Ron DeSantis for orchestrating the shipment of dozens of migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
The suit, filed late Thursday by Jason Pizzo, a Democrat from the Miami Region, alleges that DeSantis violated the budget laws in using local money to move migrants to another state.
Pizzo’s lawsuit, which doesn’t seek any damages, is asking for a judge to ban DeSantis from using state money for any future migrant flights.
An earlier bipartisan state budget was passed by the legislature that allocated $12 million to a program for helping people in need. “the transport of unauthorized aliens from this state consistent with federal law.”
DeSantis, who is running for a second term in Florida and is a likely GOP presidential hopeful for 2024, tapped into that funding when he flew nearly 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month.
Pizzo, who voted for the budget, claims in his suit that DeSantis is manipulating the language because the migrants were never in Florida — except for when their planes touched down briefly in the state before heading on to the island on the Massachusetts coast.
The lawmaker from the Democratic Party also argues that migrants are not “unauthorized aliens”Because they seek asylum, and are currently in the US legally.
“This is very clear and straightforward,”Pizzo stated this to The Miami Herald.
“The governor had legislators carry and pass bills that were designed to suit his agenda and that he subsequently signed into law. And even with that completely privileged position, he still can’t comply with the law. He set the rules for the game and then he can’t follow them.”
DeSantis spokesperson quickly dismissed the suit, saying that: “Senator Pizzo never misses an opportunity for his 15 minutes of fame and is challenging an action on an appropriation he voted for.”
Pizzo’s lawsuit is the second filed against DeSantis this week after he was hit with a class-action lawsuit for an alleged “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme”Transport the migrants.
The class-action suit alleges the migrants were duped into boarding planes in Texas with promises of jobs and gift cards — and were fully informed of their final destination.
DeSantis hit back at the Biden administration regarding treatment of immigrants. “horribly” and insisted that sanctuary cities — which include New York — have to “bear the brunt” of the White House’s open border policy.
“It was volunteer, offered transport to sanctuary jurisdictions, because it’s our view that, one, the border should be secured, and we want to have Biden reinstitute policies like ‘Remain in Mexico’ and make sure that people aren’t overwhelming.
“But short of that, if you believe in open borders, and this is sanctuary jurisdictions that should have to bear the brunt of the open borders. So that’s what we’re doing.”
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