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Venezuelan and Colombian migrants taken to California and abandoned in front of a church: “It was a kidnapping”

From Texas to New Mexico and from there to California in a private plane. A total of 16 Venezuelan and Colombian migrants were abandoned on Friday in front of a Catholic church in Sacramento, in an action for which no one has been held responsible and for which the authorities have launched an investigation.

justice and governor California, Gavin Newsomthey want to know who managed the chartered flight on which the people arrived. They also seek to clarify whether the migrants they were deceived with false promises. The Florida government is suspected.

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For now, the Governor Newsom suggested on Monday that the case can be classified as “kidnapping”. Moreover, he wondered if this shipment of migrants in a private plane would violate the laws of California on kidnapping, citing state laws.

In a message on Twitter, the democrat launched against the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantisto which he reminded that Sacramento is not the island of Martha’s Vineyard, the place where he sent a group of migrants last year, and for which he is sued in court.

“They were abandoned at the door of a local church without any prior notice,” the governor had said before Newsom it’s a statement.

California Governor Gavin Newsom delivers a speech in Culver City on September 4, 2021. (EFE / EPA / ETIENNE LAURENT).

For his part, California Attorney General Rob Bontaannounced that it is investigating the incident and that it is “evaluating possible criminal or civil actions against those who transported or organized the transport of these vulnerable migrants.”

The migrantsyoung men and women were abandoned Friday in front of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento with only a backpack with belongings from each of them, said Eddie Carmona, campaign director for the religious community group PICO California, which provides assistance to the undocumented, according to the AP agency.

The Sacramento Catholic church where the migrants were abandoned.  (Photo: AP).

The Sacramento Catholic church where the migrants were abandoned. (Photo: AP).

carmona told CBS News that the migrants had already been processed by immigration officials and they had been assigned hearing dates for their asylum caseswhen “individuals representing a private contractor” approached them outside an immigration center in El Paso, Texas, offering to find them jobs and drive them to a final destination.

“They were intentionally lied to and deceived”Carmona told CBS. He added that when the migrants were dropped off in Sacramento they had no idea where they were.

The prosecutor pretty said the migrants had documents that were supposed to be from the government of Florida.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the documents to which he refers pretty point out that the Florida Division of Emergency Management coordinated the flights.

“As we continue to collect evidence, I want to say this very clearly: State-sanctioned kidnapping is not a public policy option, it is immoral and disgusting.”said pretty.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta speaks at a news conference on February 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Attorney General Rob Bonta speaks at a news conference on February 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

“We are a nation built on immigrants and we must condemn the cruelty and hateful rhetoric of those, whether state leaders or individuals, who refuse to acknowledge humanity and turn their backs on extending dignity and care to fellow human beings.”he added.

According to the EFE news agency, the government of Florida He did not confirm or deny that it has anything to do with the case.

while the governor Ron DeSantiswho has a strong anti-immigrant speech, also did not comment.

Coro recalls EFE, for more than a year various governors of republican states, such as Texas, Florida and Arizonahave been transporting migrants on buses and even planes to cities like New York, Chicago and Washington DC, as a protest against the immigration policies of the Democratic president’s government Joe Biden.

Last year, the governor of FloridaRon DeSantis, confirmed that he sent without notifying two flights with 50 migrants to the exclusive island Martha’s Vineyardin Massachusetts, a state tolerant of migrants.

Migrants gather with their belongings in front of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.  (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

Migrants gather with their belongings in front of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

The AP agency indicated that the operation ended up uncovering a plot of deceit to the migrantswho said that a woman identified as orchard pearl he had promised them jobs and food stamps to motivate them to board the plane to the island Martha’s Vineyard.

For his part, the Governor of TexasGreg Abbott, and former Governor of ArizonaDoug Ducey, have also sent migrants to Democratic-led sanctuary cities like New York, Denver and Washington.

Even migrants from Texas have been left at the door of the house of the vice president of the United States, Kamala Harrislocated in Washington.



Source: Elcomercio

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