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 June 16, 2023

Gov. Newsom hints at pursuing charges against Gov. DeSantis over migrant flights

With Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) one of the top contenders for the 2024 Republican nomination, his political enemies are in full attack mode, as was evidenced in the past week. 

According to the Daily Caller, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that he'd met with Bexar County, Texas Sheriff Javier Salazar to "compare notes" over the possibility of prosecuting DeSantis for organizing the famous migrant flights to Martha's Vineyard, and his recent flights of migrants to California.

Salazar has argued since the Martha's Vineyard spectacle that DeSantis should be held accountable over his claim that he believes DeSantis and his team "tricked" the migrants.

Newsom said he met with Salazar because he claims DeSantis is using the same perceived strategy in sending migrants to California.

"I met with him to compare notes yesterday because it is exactly the playbook that DeSantis and his staff to send migrants to California," the California governor told a local news affiliate.

He laid out his next steps in possibly going after the Republican governor.

"I find it not only disgraceful, I think there’s grounds, not only to investigate but to potentially initiate some form of accountability. The Sheriff wants to see that from the D.A. in Texas and we’re pursuing that with the Department of Justice in this state," Newsom said.

For his part, DeSantis previously defended the migrant flights, making his stance on the southern border crisis clear.

"I think the border should be closed, I don’t think we should have any of this. But if there’s a policy to have an open border, then I think the sanctuary jurisdictions should be the ones that have to bear that. We are not a sanctuary in Florida and yes we note people want to come and so the more we can divert before we even have to get there is good for our state," DeSantis said last week.

FoxLA noted:

California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta is looking into potential "kidnapping" charges against the Florida Governor.

DeSantis has claimed the migrants traveled willingly, while Newsom argued that they were deceived.

It remains to be seen if Newsom gets anywhere, but many have speculated that it's nothing more than an early political attack as some believe Newsom will eventually enter the 2024 presidential race.

Gov. DeSantis doesn't seem too worried though.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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