Migrants flown to Martha’s vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis can sue flight company

Migrants brought to Martha’s Vineyard nearly two years ago on a chartered flight orchestrated by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis can sue the airline that transported them, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Monday.

In 2022, 50 Venezuelans were flown from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard, a well-known playground for wealthy progressives, with the promise of jobs and housing.

Under the terms of the ruling, the immigrants can sue Florida-based Bartle Systems, which coordinated the flight, for $1.5 million.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the company.

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Immigrants arrive at Martha’s Vineyard Airport on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. A federal judge in Massachusetts said immigrants can sue the Florida-based airline. (Video obtained by FOX News)

“Taken together, these facts support the inference that Bartle and the other defendants specifically targeted Plaintiff because she is a Latino immigrant,” wrote U.S. District Judge Alison D. Burrows in a 77-page decision. “It has said.

Mr. DeSantis was named in the lawsuit, but the case was struck down by a judge because of “insufficient facts” presented in the lawsuit.

Burroughs said the court “cannot ascertain who did what actions, and therefore, which of these individual defendants transacted business here or caused the injury?” “We have no choice but to find that, at least in this record, it was a personal act.” Jurisdiction has not been established. ”

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Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (AP photo)

Like his Texas counterpart, DeSantis has flown migrants to Massachusetts to highlight the Biden administration’s border policies. The move has drawn harsh criticism from Republicans as record numbers of illegal immigrants enter the United States.

His office told Fox News Digital that the flight “was conducted legally and was authorized by the Florida Legislature.”

“We look forward to Florida’s next illegal immigration flight and are pleased to draw national attention to the crisis at our southern border,” DeSantis deputy press secretary Julia Friedland said in a statement.

Immigrants on Martha's Vineyard

The migrants were airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard in September 2022. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette, via AP)


The island’s inhabitants were caught off guard and upon arrival, they scrambled to provide resources. The National Guard was eventually activated in response.

Two days later, the migrants were loaded onto buses and taken to military housing on mainland Cape Cod.

Fox News Digital’s Bradford Betz contributed to this report.



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