The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in Texas filed a criminal case with the county’s district attorney’s office over flights Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) arranged to transport 49 undocumented migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last year.
“The charge filed is Unlawful Restraint and several accounts were filed, both misdemeanor and felony. At this time, the case is being reviewed by the DA’s office,” Adelina Simpson, a spokesperson for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said, Axios reports.
Last September, DeSantis flew dozen of migrants from San Antonio, Texas to Martha’s Vineyard to protest the Biden administration immigration policies. He has defended the flights, claiming that they part of his administration’s efforts to relocate migrants and that were voluntary.
However, Javier Salazar the sheriff for Bexar County opened an investigation in the matter due to concerns that the migrants were “lured” under false pretenses onto the flight.
The recommendation from the sheriff’s office comes on the same day that California’s attorney general said DeSantis appears to be behind another private flight that transported a group of South American migrants to Sacramento.