Civil Rights Lawyers Call For Criminal Investigation After Venezuelan Migrants Are Flown To Martha's Vineyard By Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Without Warning

BOSTON (WCVB) — Attorneys are exploring legal remedies for the Venezuelan migrants who were flown to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard without warning by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The group Lawyers for Civil Rights stated it representing more than 30 of the 48 migrants & is calling for a criminal investigation into what it described as a shameful political stunt.

In letters to U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins & Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Lawyers for Civil Rights stated that their clients were "induced to board airplanes and cross state lines under false pretenses" & that it was "only when the flight was mid-air that they were informed they would be flown to Martha's Vineyard rather than Boston."

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, who represents the 2nd congressional district of Massachusetts, said the ordeal could be considered human trafficking.

"These are major violations of federal law that should be investigated," McGovern said.

On Sunday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced that he has activated up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to help the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in its relief efforts for the group of Venezuelan migrants, who are currently housed in a dormitory-style space at Joint Base Cape Cod.

MEMA continues to lead coordination efforts among state & local officials to ensure access to food, shelter and essential services for the migrants.

"We have seen Massachusetts step up & show what the best of our state & our country represent," said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.

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