Will DeSantis Be Convicted For Kidnapping Over Martha’s Vineyard Flights? Experts Say It’s Unlikely

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From DAILYCALLER.COM

* Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis transported two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, last week.

* The likelihood of convicting DeSantis of human trafficking or kidnapping in this case seems low, experts indicated.

* “If a state governor didn’t transport these illegal aliens to another location, an NGO funded by the Biden Administration would, just as the administration has been doing for the past 1.5 years,” Heritage Foundation Border Security and Immigration Center Director Lora Ries said. “Is that illegal? I have yet to see a legal argument that would likely succeed to stop the governor.”

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is unlikely to be convicted of human trafficking or kidnapping for transporting migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, according to experts, despite many media figures and politicians urging investigations into his conduct.

DeSantis shipped two planeloads of roughly 50 illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week in an effort to bring attention to the ongoing migrant crisis at the border. Several left-wing figures have suggested there is a possibility that DeSantis be charged with kidnapping for the stunt, citing allegations that migrants were deceived into boarding the plane, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom requesting the DOJ probe whether the migrants’ alleged fraudulent inducement into transport would support kidnapping charges, but experts cast doubt on the viability of kidnapping charges.

We are requesting that the Department of Justice open an investigation to hold DeSantis & others accountable for these inhumane acts. Not only is it morally criminal, there are legal implications around fraud, kidnapping, deprivation of liberty, and human trafficking.

Migrants DeSantis sent to Martha’s Vineyard by plane entered a class action lawsuit against him and other Florida officials Tuesday, purporting that some were misled with promises of cash assistance, housing assistance and employment services, according to Axios, while Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced a criminal investigation into the flights.

What @GovRonDeSantis and @GregAbbott_TX are doing isn’t clever, it’s cruel.

I’m formally requesting the DOJ begin an immediate investigation into these inhumane efforts to use kids as political pawns. pic.twitter.com/x2sBa06nSw

However, experts found it unlikely that human trafficking charges against DeSantis would stick.

Heritage Foundation Border Security and Immigration Center Director Lora Ries told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the Florida budget’s Section 185 appropriates funds for transporting unauthorized aliens “using interest from unspent American Rescue Plan funds that were allocated to Florida.”

“If a state governor didn’t transport these illegal aliens to another location, an NGO funded by the Biden administration would, just as the administration has been doing for the past 1.5 years,” Ries argued. “Is that illegal? I have yet to see a legal argument that would likely succeed to stop the governor.”

Pace Law School Professor Thomas Michael McDonnell indicated DeSantis can only be criminally convicted of kidnapping the migrants sent to Massachusetts under U. S. Code 1324 if they were forced to travel. He noted that transporting illegal aliens within the U.S. “in furtherance of such violation of law” was a felony in line with 8 U.S. Code 1324.... (Read more)



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