While DeSantis was flying legal asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard, business owners in his state are struggling for workers

CNN Business — For the past two years Jan Gautam has been filling in sporadically as a housekeeper at hotels in Orlando, Florida, run by Interessant Hotels & Resort Management, or IHRMC. When he’s not making beds, he’s busy running the company. He’s the President and CEO of IHRMC — which is based in Orlando, … Read more

DeSantis risks voter backlash in Florida with migrant flights

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is facing mounting scrutiny in his home state over his controversial decision last week to fly dozens of mostly Venezuelan migrants to the elite resort island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. While the move was lauded by conservatives as a powerful protest of the Biden administration’s approach to border security, it … Read more

DeSantis’ appointee tied to company that arranged migrant flights

TALLAHASSEE When Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration needed a company it could trust to carry out a controversial program to transport migrants to other states, it chose an unusual option. Although Destin-based Vertol Systems Company is in aviation, its primary business is training pilots for the military and providing helicopters across the globe. But the company … Read more

Texas migrants abandoned after Delaware flight canceled

San Antonio, Texas A black, luxury SUV with tinted windows pulled into a parking space along the side of a drab, two-story La Quinta motel planted on the northwestern edge of 12 lanes of highway that loop around downtown San Antonio. A woman with straight, light-colored hair got out of the rented Infiniti. She took … Read more

Legal group files class action lawsuit on behalf of advocacy group and migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard

CNN — Lawyers for Civil Rights, a non-profit immigrant advocacy group that represents more than 30 of the nearly 50 migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Alianza Americas and other migrants, according to a news release from the organization. Two planes carrying nearly 50 migrants – mostly from … Read more

Migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard say they were misled in lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis

A group of Venezuelan migrants on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida officials who took credit for flying them to Martha’s Vineyardalleging that they were lured onto flights through gifts and false offers of jobs and services. Three migrants from represented civil rights attorneys in Venezuela … Read more

Texas sheriff investigating DeSantis’ migrant flight

A Texas sheriff has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Gov. Ron DeSantis’ choice to transport a group of migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard, according to the sheriff’s office. San Antonio’s Bexar County Sheriff, Javier Salazar, gave a news conference on the migrant flight on Monday. It’s important to note that DeSantis … Read more

Attorneys for migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard looking into origination of brochures they believe were handed out under ‘false pretenses’

CNN — Attorneys for many of the nearly 50 migrants who landed unexpectedly on Martha’s Vineyard said Monday that brochures given to their clients were “highly misleading” and “used to entice (their) clients to travel under the guidance that (resettlement) support was available to them .” The brochure lists refugee services, including cash and housing … Read more

Lawyers for migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard call for criminal probes

Lawyers representing migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are calling for criminal investigations into what they described as a “political stunt.” Lawyers for Civil Rights — a group that represents about 30 migrants — has sent letters to US Attorney Rachael Rollins and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey asking them for … Read more

Kansas should be like DeSantis’ Florida, Schmidt tells rally

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threw autographed hats to the crowd as he came on stage at the Turning Point Action rally Sunday at the Embassy Suites in Olathe. He was there to campaign for Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the Republican candidate for Kansas governor. Reed Hoffmann Special to the Star Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt … Read more