What the law says about DeSantis and Abbott sending migrants to blue states

What The Law Says About Desantis And Abbott Sending Migrants To Blue States - Kdvi7Cbveqi63Igwifjjtp7L2U

This post has been updated with new claims about the treatment of the migrants.

Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas are turning migrants into political pawns — quite literally — by moving them to liberal areas to try making a point about border security. DeSantis on Wednesday flew dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, while Abbott on Thursday announced that he had bused yet more of them to the vice-presidential residence in Washington.

Amid claims that some of those migrants might not have participated willingly or might have been misled, critics are raising questions about the legality of these efforts, likening them to human trafficking.

But legal experts say too little is known at this point to draw any firm conclusions.

In some cases, the migrants have said they were grateful to be transported to places where they’d get more assistance, or just closer to their final destinations. But after Abbott sent other migrants to…

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This article was written by Aaron Blake and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com