Victims of human trafficking and a one-month-old child: Florida and Texas migrant transports moved more than a dozen children
Last week, the Republican governors of Florida and Texas sent more than a dozen migrant children, including one barely a month old, on controversial plane and bus trips to liberal communities in the East Coast.
The children were among more than 100 asylum seekers, many of them Venezuelans sent to Martha’s Vineyard, New York and Washington DC.
On Friday, Florida chartered two planes that sent about 50 migrants, many of whom were waiting in Texas for the processing of their legally protected asylum claims, to the wealthy island of Martha’s Vineyard.
The group included a dozen elementary school-age children, said Richie Smith, the island’s superintendent of schools. MV time. Children as young as two were on the flights, NPR reported. Some of the children are said to have hula hooped as local authorities raced to find emergency accommodation for the migrants.
A family told the Texas Grandstand they and their 7-year-old daughter had suffered kidnappings and beatings by a Mexican drug cartel while on their journey from Peru to the United States.
“When they told us they were going to help us with the rent, to find a job, that was the only option we had left,” said one of the migrants, Eduardo.
The White House condemned the thefts on Friday.
“They were children. They were mothers. They were fleeing Communism. And what did Governor DeSantis and Governor Abbott do to them? They used them as political pawns, treated them like personal property,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told a news conference. Friday press briefing.
Many asylum seekers say they have been encouraged to travel with false declarations of workhousing and social services allegedly provided by a mysterious woman known only as Perla.
Authorities have condemned the thefts as a form of “human trafficking”.
“Shipping vulnerable migrants across the country is not a campaign tactic. This is human trafficking,” said US Representative Ilhan Omar, herself a former refugee. said Thursday. “It is the abuse of dozens of human beings and a celebration of that abuse for political purposes.”
Others have suggested that if migrants and their families are lured onto the flights under false pretences, this could be grounds for criminal investigation.
Several children were also pictured on a trio of buses carrying more than 100 people that the State of Texas sent to Vice President Kamala Harris’s doorstep at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, Thursday and Saturday.
Among the group was a one-year-old baby, the Washington Post reports. Scores of children were photographed on at least 15 migrant-filled buses the state of Texas sent to New York over the weekend.
Children have been pictured getting off charters asleep with oversized backpacks, bright pink sandals and plastic bags full of belongings. Passengers on the bus rides described brutal conditions and hunger.
“We stopped to eat, but few people had money to buy food. I am so, so hungry,” said 35-year-old Gustavo Pacheco. The New York Post.
Governor Abbott has sent nearly 10,000 migrants to Washington since April and thousands more to New York and Chicago,The Guardian reports. He and Governor DeSantis followed the policies.
“The Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis on our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed communities in Texas for nearly two years,” Abbott said. said in a press release Last week. “Our supposed Border Czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has yet to even visit the border to see firsthand the impact of the open border policies she helped implement, even going as far as ‘to assert that the border is ‘secure.’ Texas will continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C. until President Biden and Border Czar Harris step in and do their job to secure the border .”
Last week, the governor of Florida said more flights could be coming, and said these transports bring migrants to “greener pastures”.
“If you have people who are inclined to think Florida is a good place, our message to them is that we’re not a sanctuary state,” DeSantis said. said Thursday. “It’s better to be able to get to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we’ll help facilitate that transportation so you can get to greener pastures.”