A lawmaker representing Martha’s Vineyard has called for a federal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ relocation of migrants to the island last week.
Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-MA) made the request on Sunday, calling on the Department of Justice to “open an investigation to hold DeSantis & others accountable for these inhumane acts.”
“Not only is it morally criminal, there are legal implications around fraud, kidnapping, deprivation of liberty, and human trafficking,” he wrote in a post to Twitter.
Fernandes claimed that U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins was also pushing for action from the Justice Department.
This Wednesday, two flights with nearly 50 migrants arrived at Martha’s Vineyard. The migrants were then relocated to a military base at Cape Cod — a move that DeSantis said was an example of liberal hypocrisy when it comes to immigrants.
“They already bused them out, they’re gone,” DeSantis said on Friday. “They said we want everyone, no one’s illegal, and they’re gone within 48 hours.”
The flightts were the most recent examples of Republican governors busing and flying migrants to Democrat-run cities, arguing that the relocations provide relief to border communities who are being affected by President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.