DOJ May Intervene In Florida Transport Plans

DOJ May Intervene In Florida Transport Plans

By Joe Guzzardi

Hillary Clinton, Yale Law School ’73, said on MSNBC that sending 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard was “literally human trafficking” by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Harvard Law School, ‘05. The MSNBC co-host, Joe Scarborough, University of Florida School of Law ‘90, accused DeSantis of using innocent people as political pawns.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Harvard Law School ‘95suggested that DeSantis and fellow Texan Gov. Greg Abbott, Vanderbilt University Law School, ’84, should send more migrants to blue cities and states. Cruz, pointing to the millions of illegal immigrants that the administration has admitted, bussed and flown around the nation, called President Joe Biden, Syracuse University School of Law ’68 and former Senate Judiciary Chair, “the biggest human trafficker on the face of the planet.” Biden demanded that the governors stop their “un-American” political stunts.

Clinton, Scarborough and Biden have support from like-minded lawyers. Professors from Notre Dame, Georgetown and other universities, along with civil rights advocates, came down hard on DeSantis and Abbott. The harshest criticism came from California Gov. Gavin Newsom who requested that the Department of Justice open an investigation into the Martha’s Vineyard flights on charges that the migrants were “kidnapped.”

Move along, nothing to see here, just angry lawyers going after each other hammer and tongs. The voting public, however, is grappling with a contradiction. If the Biden administration can order Customs and Border Patrol to put thousands of aliens on buses and planes to send them throughout the interior of the United States, then the same flexibility should apply to the governors, assuming, of course, that the migrants agree to be flown to Martha’s Vineyard or driven to Washington, D.C. or New York.

Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor, provided his perspective. Turley wrote that to call transporting aliens kidnapping is “to take a flight from one’s legal senses.” On his blog, Turley stated that human trafficking, a legal term, is altogether different than moving humans in traffic. The governors’ actions aren’t an attempt to put humans, through fraud, coercion or force, into peonage, involuntary servitude or sex slavery. In conclusion, Turley wrote that many objections could be made to the governors’ transport programs, but not kidnapping and human trafficking.

The tensions between the states and the cities are just beginning. DeSantis promised to fly more migrants to other sanctuary cities, but not necessarily Martha’s Vineyard. That way, DeSantis explained, the sanctuaries can “put their money where their mouth is.” A possible 2024 presidential candidate, DeSantis may sense that while some American voters support immigration, they object to Biden-style open borders.

Political expediency is at play in Texas, too. Abbott is up for re-election in November, and he’s counting on removing illegal immigrants as integral to his victory. The border invasion is expensive. As part of its $4 billion Operation Lone Star program, Texas has installed more than 42 miles of concertina wire along its Southern border near Eagle Pass and Del Rio, two communities through which millions have passed.

A potential roadblock – a boulder, really – may stand in the governors’ way. In a statement, the Boston nonprofit, Lawyers for Civil Rights, promised to investigate “the inhumane manner in which they [the Martha’s Vineyard migrants] were shipped across the country, to determine the responsible parties, whether state or federal criminal laws against human trafficking and kidnapping were violated, and what other legal remedies are available.”

DOJ May Intervene In Florida Transport Plans

Even though no evidence exists that the migrants were treated inhumanely, and as Turley warned, trafficking and kidnapping are specious charges, LCR will press on. The legal advocates hope to gather pro bono attorneys, immigration experts, law enforcement and social services providers.

If that’s not enough, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco confirmed that the DOJ is reviewing inquiries like Newsom’s calling for an investigation. The DOJ’s involvement, inevitable in the Biden administration, especially if the governors escalate, would be the end of the line for the governors’ strategy to give sanctuary cities a tiny taste of their own medicine. Not a single voice among the many urged border enforcement.

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Joe Guzzardi is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who writes about immigration and related social issues. Joe joined Progressives for Immigration Reform in 2018 as an analyst after a ten-year career directing media relations for Californians for Population Stabilization, where he also was a Senior Writing Fellow. A native Californian, Joe now lives in Pennsylvania. Contact him at

One thought on “DOJ May Intervene In Florida Transport Plans”

  1. I would love to see Gov. DeSantos and Gov. Abbot turn around and charge the Feds, they sent voluntarily people to what were safe spots, sanctuary places, none were forced I read they wanted to go and signed waivers? The ones sent to Martha’s Vineyard were in such a place but had the now scary Military called on them and forced to leave what was advertised as a save place to a Military base? This is not a sanctuary place, these forced immigrants were in an unsafe place ridden now with crime thanks to an open border, left without resources, their own citizens in danger now thanks to the open boarder, and the costs of this left the good Governors with sending them to better safer moneyed spots where they could be looked after well. Of course after their forced illegal dangerous crossing into the USA, they signed up happily to be sent free of charge to a safe place, then forced out of it was wrong.
    The CCP’s UN and all their agenda groups destroying countries forcing people to flee being told the USA’s border was open not knowing it was dangerous now and the UN/Soros/Clinton/Obamas/Trudeau etc. should be charged with many many murders and many many crimes. Not the people and Governors
    still trying to actually help them even when all this is totally illegal.
    Canada is still importing ISIS and terrorists secretly? and anyone else to cause trouble in our country and probably yours too, eg. another one who human trafficked 12 year old girls from England to the middle east was arrested in Turkey and it took 2 years for these WEF UNer’s to get him to Canada I guess so he can traffic our young girls? It is all so horrid.

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