Migrants awarded ‘crime victim’ visas for being flown to Marthas Vineyard by DeSantis

Passengers from Air DeSantis were “one step closer to justice” after Democratic hyperbole paved the way for an immigration loophole that treated them as “victims of a potential crime.”

In Sept. 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) helped deliver an unavoidable confrontation with the border crisis for leftists when his administration aided in coordinating flights of illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard.

Now, at least three of the original 49 foreign nationals whom the state of Massachusetts promised assistance with cash, housing and job placement are on their way to fulfilling legal employment status after receiving “bona fide determinations” in the U visa petitions, the Boston Globe reported.

“These determinations are one step closer to justice,” immigration attorney Rachel M. Self argued to the Globe. “[They] further underscore that anyone who knows all the facts…simply cannot ignore the criminality of the actors.”

The particular visas, according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), are “set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.”

Shortly after the flights that had originated in Texas had garnered national attention, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar (D), an advocate for amnesty and seemingly skirting the law through the hiring of aliens, had accused DeSantis of victimizing them and opened a criminal investigation.

Naturally, the rose-tinted glasses-adorned open border promoters, who’ve turned a blind-eye to the domino effect impacting Americans nationwide as the estimated more than 8 million foreign nationals that have entered the country illegally under President Joe Biden gobbled up resources, saw the determinations as a win.

Sarah Sherman-Stokes, associate director of the Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Clinic at Boston University School of Law, expressed to the Globe, “There will be consequences to your actions and in this case, by doing what they did…they gave them a pathway to lawful status.”

“It’s an unexpected twist. But you should not have to be exploited or taken advantage of by a Republican governor in order to have lawful status in the country,” she added.

Likewise, as only 10,000 U visas were permitted to be issued by the federal government per year, Hemanth C. Gundavaram, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at Northeastern University School of Law, considered the step as, “…a harm reduction provision.”

“If you didn’t have these protections, someone would have to stay here, worry about deportation, and not be able to make a living,” the director told the outlet.

As it happened, despite Salazar recommending criminal charges, felony and misdemeanor, over the flights to Martha’s Vineyard, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office had not publicly announced any action, the Miami Herald indicated.

It was further pointed out that DeSantis was dismissed from a class action lawsuit brought by the aliens over “insufficient facts” as U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts allowed the suit against Vertol Systems, the private contractor responsible for the flights, to advance.

“As we’ve always stated, the flights were conducted lawfully and authorized by the Florida Legislature,” DeSantis deputy press secretary Julia Friedland had said in a statement after the dismissal. “We look forward to Florida’s next illegal immigrant relocation flight, and we are glad to bring national attention to the crisis at the southern border.

Kevin Haggerty


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