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Did Ron DeSantis violate human trafficking laws by sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard?

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Martha's Vineyard, MA - September 15: A mother and child spent some time outside the St. Andrew's Parrish House where migrants were being fed lunch with donated food from the community. Two planes of migrants from Venezuela arrived suddenly Wednesday night on Martha's Vineyard.

Two planes carrying about 50 migrants primarily from Venezuela, sent by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, arrived unexpectedly and without advance notice at an airport on Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday, sending local officials into a scramble to make accommodations and deploy resources to help. 

In an apparent political stunt meant to highlight the crisis at the southern border, DeSantis claimed responsibility for the relocation, calling out President Joe Biden and justifying the move on the basis of Massachusetts’ status as a “sanctuary state.”

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