Immigrant rights teams sue DeSantis over migrant flights

Three Florida-based immigrant rights teams sued Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Thursday over the migrant flights that his administration organized to Martha’s Winery, Mass., in September.

Florida Immigrant Coalition, People for Immigrant Justice and Hope CommUnity Heart filed the lawsuit in opposition to DeSantis and Florida Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, arguing that they have been “infringing upon the federal authorities’s immigration system by making a separate, parallel immigration system.”

The immigrant rights teams particularly requested the courtroom to strike down the part of Florida’s 2022 appropriations act that devoted $12 million towards transporting “unauthorized aliens” out of the state.

DeSantis despatched about 50 migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Winery in mid-September, following comparable efforts by Republican governors in southern border states to bus migrants to Democrat-led northern cities in protest of President Biden’s border insurance policies.

Thursday’s lawsuit claims that DeSantis’ effort is unconstitutional as a result of it violates the Supremacy Clause, which establishes that federal legal guidelines take priority over state legal guidelines, by making an attempt to “supplant federal immigration regulation with state coverage.”

Specifically, the lawsuit factors to what it characterizes because the state’s “incoherent definition” of the time period “unauthorized alien,” which it argues doesn’t match up with federal immigration regulation.

The Florida-based teams additionally accused DeSantis of violating the 14th Modification by “concentrating on folks of colour born primarily in Latin American and Caribbean international locations to find out their immigration standing.”

The migrants despatched to Martha’s Winery beforehand filed their very own class-action lawsuit in opposition to DeSantis and a number of other different members of his administration over the stunt, claiming they have been deceived into getting on the flights with guarantees of support and jobs.