Newsom posted a tweet on Monday in which he called DeSantis a “little, pathetic guy” and linked to California’s law against kidnapping.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement that more than a dozen migrants were brought to Sacramento on Friday by private plane “without prior arrangement or care.” He said the state is investigating the incident and “evaluating possible criminal or civil action against those who transported or arranged for these vulnerable immigrants.”
Bonta said the migrants had documents “claiming to be from the government of the state of Florida”.
“While we continue to gather evidence, I want to say this very clearly: State-sanctioned kidnapping is not a public policy option, it is immoral and abhorrent.” He said the state and the Sacramento community “will welcome these individuals with open arms and provide them with the respect, compassion and care they will need after such a harrowing experience.”
A spokesman for DeSantis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Newsom compared the incident to one last year in which dozens of migrant asylum seekers were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard on chartered planes. DeSantis credits transportation as its spokesperson said at that time that “states such as Massachusetts, New York and California would better provide care for these individuals whom they have invited into our country by encouraging illegality.” immigration Through their designation as ‘Sanctuary States’.
Newsom’s spokesman Anthony York elaborated on the governor’s tweet, saying that the administration “continues to work with the California Department of Justice as they investigate the circumstances behind these flights and identify individuals under false pretenses for misrepresentation, manipulation.” Will hold anyone criminally accountable for carrying and transporting them.. In California we work together to humanely welcome immigrants, support our local communities and honor the challenges of a broken immigration system Let’s solve with and without stunts.
16 migrants were taken from Texas and released to the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. Faith-based group Sacramento ACT said the group was approached by a private contractor and promised jobs, according to ABC News. He was given a bus to New Mexico and a flight to Sacramento.
Bonta told ABC News that, based on his conversations with the migrants, “they were promised help finding jobs if they got on the plane, and after they got off the plane, no help finding jobs.” Instead of doing as they were told, they were released and released.
Sacramento ACT said a second group of migrants arrived on Monday and they are “working on intake in coordination with state and local agencies. At this time we have no further information to disclose.”