Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has responded to a lawsuit brought on by three Martha’s Vineyard migrants and a leftist organization that advocates for illegal aliens.
“These immigrants, who are pursuing the proper channels for lawful immigration status in the United States, experienced cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country,” the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit names DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation Jared Perdue, and five unnamed individuals and organizations.
The suit claims that representatives of DeSantis gained the trust of the migrants by giving them $10 McDonalds gift cards.
In a statement provided to Fox News, Gov. DeSantis’ spokeswoman Taryn Fenske slammed the lawsuit as “political theater” by “opportunist activists.”
“If these activists spent even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some accountability would be brought to the Biden Administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to make dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America and put their lives in the hands of cartels and Coyotes,” Fenske said.
Fenske also provided the station with a copy of the consent form that the Venezuelan migrants signed.
The form states in both English and Spanish that they “agree to hold the benefactor or its designated representatives harmless of all liability arising out of or in any way relating to any injuries and damages that may occur during the agreed transport to locations outside of Texas until the final destination of Massachusetts.”
Migrants signed the forms before boarding the flights.
“The immigrants were homeless, hungry, and abandoned – and these activists didn’t care about them then. Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts,” Fenske added. “It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.”