Bexar County sheriff praised for investigating migrant flights – Laredo Morning Times

Salazar did not reveal what laws were broken during the migrant flights, but said he has spoken to attorneys representing some of the individuals and did not name any potential suspects who might face charges. He also did not mention DeSantis in a news conference that appeared to mark the first time a law enforcement official has said they would look into the flights.

Since April, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent thousands of migrants to Democratic-run cities including New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The latest buses to D.C. arrived the day after DeSantis sent two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

A woman, who is part of a group of immigrants that had just arrived, holds a child as they are fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants from San Antonio to Martha's Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration's failed border policies. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

A woman, who is part of a group of immigrants that had just arrived, holds a child as they are fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration’s failed border policies. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

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“I believe there is some criminal activity involved here,” Salazar said in a news conference on Monday, September 19. “But at present, we are trying to keep an open mind and we are going to investigate to find out what exact laws were broken if that does turn out to be the case.”

After the conference, many leaders commended the sheriff on the action. San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX 20th District) tweeted “Sheriff Javier Salazar in San Antonio actually gives a damn about human beings – unlike Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott.”

“The Florida Governor’s continued use of deception, fraud and false promises to lure people, including children, onto planes from San Antonio for out-of-state destinations should be prohibited,” Castro said. “I’m glad Bexar County has opened a criminal investigation into these actions. I suspect legal advocates will ultimately file a civil suit against DeSantis, the State of Florida, and every other entity or company who knowingly participated in this deceptive human trafficking.”

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