Govs Abbott and DeSantis immigrant stunts appear to violate federal and state law (1 Viewer)

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    Abbott and DeSantis have been loading up undocumented immigrants and sending them on buses and planes to places like DC and even Martha's Vineyard. The immigrants have indicated that they did not know where they were going, and did not even know where they were when interviewed. Abbott and DeSantis seem to believe that it is unfair that their states have to deal with undocumented immigrants while lawmakers in DC refuse to make significant changes to the process or border security - so this entitles them to this kind of action involving the transportation of human beings.

    But while their opinions about it may be understandable, their actions in trafficking human beings for purposes of a political stunt appear to be illegal under both federal and state law. These relocations are not pursuant to any legitimate federal or state immigration program. The governors are simply loading these people up and shipping them out - and they are doing it for exploitative purpose: a political stunt to drive support from the base. The fact that they send photographers along underscores that this purpose is exploitative.

    Under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act Sec. 274(a)(1)(A)(ii), it is a crime to knowingly transport an illegal alien across state lines. http://www.lawandsoftware.com/ina/INA-274-sec1324.html.

    Under Florida statutes, Title 46 Section 787.06, defines the criminal activity of human trafficking as "transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, enticing, maintaining, purchasing, patronizing, procuring, or obtaining another person for the purpose of exploitation of that person."

    Texas's trafficking statute is more specific about the kind of exploitation that makes it illegal - and requires some kind of transportation for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor, so the Texas law probably does not apply to this conduct. Texas Penal Code Title 5, Section 20A.
     
    Abbott and DeSantis have been loading up undocumented immigrants and sending them on buses and planes to places like DC and even Martha's Vineyard. The immigrants have indicated that they did not know where they were going, and did not even know where they were when interviewed. Abbott and DeSantis seem to believe that it is unfair that their states have to deal with undocumented immigrants while lawmakers in DC refuse to make significant changes to the process or border security - so this entitles them to this kind of action involving the transportation of human beings.

    But while their opinions about it may be understandable, their actions in trafficking human beings for purposes of a political stunt appear to be illegal under both federal and state law. These relocations are not pursuant to any legitimate federal or state immigration program. The governors are simply loading these people up and shipping them out - and they are doing it for exploitative purpose: a political stunt to drive support from the base. The fact that they send photographers along underscores that this purpose is exploitative.

    Under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act Sec. 274(a)(1)(A)(ii), it is a crime to knowingly transport an illegal alien across state lines. http://www.lawandsoftware.com/ina/INA-274-sec1324.html.I'v

    Under Florida statutes, Title 46 Section 787.06, defines the criminal activity of human trafficking as "transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, enticing, maintaining, purchasing, patronizing, procuring, or obtaining another person for the purpose of exploitation of that person."

    Texas's trafficking statute is more specific about the kind of exploitation that makes it illegal - and requires some kind of transportation for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor, so the Texas law probably does not apply to this conduct. Texas Penal Code Title 5, Section 20A.
    I've been thinking that this had to be illegal, so thanks for posting this. I haven't heard any discussions about it being illegal. I wonder if they'll just give the governors a warning, and only charge them if they continue the stunts.
     
    What needs to be repeated, often and loudly, is that these are refugees. They did not enter the country illegally. They are seeking refuge from socialism in Venezuela and then treated like this? It’s cruel - needlessly so. They were promised expedited work on their status and told they were going to a welcome center and that jobs were waiting for them. Then dropped off on the tarmac without even knowing where they were. DeSantis made sure to send a videographer though, presumably to record his “ownage” of the libs. What a complete jackass move.
     
    I love all the comments (in the tweets) about how this is illegal but these same people are 100% pro sanctuary cities.

    Is it cruel what is happening, to you and me it probably is, but to others, maybe it isn’t. But I would rather be displaced in Martha’s Vinyard than El Paso, TX.
     
    How do those two opinions contradict each other?

    Do you know what a sanctuary city is?
    We have gone over the “do you know what a sanctuary city is?” So many times where I’m now wondering if those asking the question are truly asking because they don’t know.

    Policies have consequences. If you want to be a “sanctuary city” cool, be it. Don’t be upset when no sanctuary cities/states bus or fly immigrants to your location, hell, thank them, they are allowing you to practice what you espouse while not clogging up their own system with people that they don’t want.
     
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    We have gone over the “do you know what a sanctuary city is?” So many times where I’m now wondering if those asking the question are truly asking because they don’t know.

    Policies have consequences. If you want to be a “sanctuary city” cool, be it. Don’t be upset when no sanctuary cities/states bus or fly immigrants to your location, hell, thank them, they are allowing you to practice what you espouse while not clogging up their own system with people that they don’t want.

    I think the real news there was that someone found Kamala.
     

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