Markey Leads Call for Federal Probe of DeSantis Over 'Cruel' Migrant Stunt

9/17/2022 2:44:00 AM

Gov. DeSantis' 'relocation program isn’t just bigoted and inhumane, it’s illegal—misusing federal Covid-19 relief funds for a cruel political stunt that unjustly and severely harms already disadvantaged people,' said @SenMarkey, urging a probe.

Gov. DeSantis' 'relocation program isn’t just bigoted and inhumane, it’s illegal—misusing federal Covid-19 relief funds for a cruel political stunt that unjustly and severely harms already disadvantaged people,' said SenMarkey, urging a probe.

Gov. DeSantis' 'relocation program isn’t just bigoted and inhumane, it’s illegal—misusing federal Covid-19 relief funds for a cruel political stunt that unjustly and severely harms already disadvantaged people,' said Sen. Markey, urging a federal probe.

them and rushed to provide food, clothing, and shelter, DeSantis has faced intense criticism for what the lawmakers and others have denounced as a"political stunt."To pull it off, the lawmakers' letter explains,"DeSantis tapped a $12 million program that the Florida Legislature created earlier this year to allow the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to 'facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens out of Florida.'"

The letter highlights that"the $12 million was funded through 'the interest earnings associated with the federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund,' effectively using Covid-19 relief to score political points by exploiting vulnerable immigrants."

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welcomed them and rushed to provide food, clothing, and shelter, DeSantis has faced intense criticism for what the lawmakers and others have denounced as a"political stunt.Florida Gov.Florida Gov.By Chicago Tribune Sep 16, 2022 at 7:43 pm Gov.

" To pull it off, the lawmakers' letter explains,"DeSantis tapped a $12 million program that the Florida Legislature created earlier this year to allow the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to 'facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens out of Florida.'" The letter highlights that"the $12 million was funded through 'the interest earnings associated with the federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund,' effectively using Covid-19 relief to score political points by exploiting vulnerable immigrants. 19, 2022, in Pittsburgh." This conflicts with Congress' intent for the SLFRF, which was established with the American Rescue Plan Act, the letter argues: As explained in the Treasury Department's final rule implementing the Fund, the SLFRF was intended to"fight the pandemic and support families and businesses struggling with its public health and economic impacts; maintain vital public services, even amid declines in revenue resulting from the crisis; and build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/TNS) Jeff Swensen, HODELETE60 / TNS Florida Gov." That rule further identified a limited set of uses for SLFRF funds, including replacement of lost public sector revenue, responding to the far-reaching public health and economic impact of the pandemic, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Ron DeSantis had minimal coordination with Gov. While the rule was designed to provide flexibility to state and local governments, Congress neither intended to allow, or authorized, state governments to use the SLFRF funds for immigration enforcement. It’s also less than two months before he faces voters in the Nov.

Nothing in the American Rescue Plan Act or Treasury's final rule appears to allow states to use SLFRF funds to remove or relocate immigrants. While the staffs of the two Republican governors had talked generally about the busing strategy Abbott started last spring, DeSantis did not have any direct planning with Abbott’s office on Wednesday when DeSantis had some 50 migrants, including children, board a flight that left San Antonio and stopped in Florida briefly . While the staffs of the two Republican governors had talked generally about the busing strategy Abbott started last spring, DeSantis did not have any direct planning with Abbott’s office on Wednesday when DeSantis had some 50 migrants, including children, board a flight that left San Antonio and stopped in Florida briefly . Florida therefore appears to be illegally using taxpayer money for theatrics intended to criminalize and stigmatize immigrants in search of a better life in the United States. The seven Massachusetts Democrats aren't the only high-profile figures calling for a probe. Just a week earlier, DeSantis called Abbott’s busing strategy “brilliant” at a fundraiser with GOP donors in Orlando, . DeSantis' Democratic challenger for governor, . At that same meeting, DeSantis told donors “maybe” he would go to Texas and help Abbott.