Republican Governor Accused Of Kidnapping
California Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta have levied allegations against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida, asserting that they are involved in the kidnapping of illegal immigrants.
According to Newsmax, a group of over a dozen migrants originating from South America arrived in the state capital of California on Saturday. They were transported to Sacramento on a chartered flight from New Mexico.
Bonta explained, “While this is still under investigation, we can confirm these individuals were in possession of documentation purporting to be from the government of the State of Florida. While we continue to collect evidence, I want to say this very clearly: State-sanctioned kidnapping is not a public policy choice, it is immoral and disgusting.”
In a tweet shared on Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom, known for engaging in Twitter disputes with conservative governors, including Ron DeSantis, expressed his criticism. He addressed Governor DeSantis directly, stating, “@RonDeSantis, you small, pathetic man. This isn’t Martha’s Vineyard. Kidnapping charges?”
During September, Governor Ron DeSantis orchestrated the transportation of 50 migrants from Venezuela, who were residing in San Antonio, to the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. This action was part of a $12 million program implemented by Florida, aiming to relocate undocumented immigrants to sanctuary destinations as a form of protest against President Joe Biden’s border security policies.
Newsom shared a link and posted a screenshot of a section from California’s kidnapping law, highlighting the following statement: “Every person who, being out of this state, abducts or takes by force or fraud any person contrary to the law of the place where that act is committed, and brings, sends, or conveys that person within the limits of this state, and is afterwards found within the limits thereof, is guilty of kidnapping.”
Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the arrival of these individuals in California. The focus is on assessing whether there are grounds for criminal or civil action against those responsible for transporting or organizing the transportation of these vulnerable immigrants.