California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has accused Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) of “kidnapping” without evidence — insinuating that the Republican governor was responsible for the recent transportation of 16 illegal aliens from New Mexico to Sacramento, California.
A recent report revealed that 16 illegal aliens who crossed the southern border in Texas, originating from Venezuela and Colombia, had been transported via bus from El Paso to New Mexico — then flown via private charter jet to California and left at the doorstep of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.
Thus far, no one has claimed responsibility for the charter flight — which resembles a similar incident in 2022 where eight illegal aliens were transported from Texas to Sacramento, and the person(s) responsible for that flight was also never identified.
Now, Newsom and other California officials are accusing DeSantis of being behind the recent flight.
In a statement released on Saturday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) accused Florida’s government of being responsible for the transportation of the illegal aliens.
“We are investigating the circumstances by which these individuals were brought to California,” the statement read. “We are also evaluating potential criminal or civil action against those who transported or arranged for the transport of these vulnerable immigrants. While this is still under investigation, we can confirm these individuals were in possession of documentation purporting to be from the government of the State of Florida. While we continue to collect evidence, I want to say this very clearly: State-sanctioned kidnapping is not a public policy choice, it is immoral and disgusting.”
While there is little evidence thus far that DeSantis himself was behind this incident, the Republican governors of Texas, New Mexico and Florida have been relocating illegal aliens to “sanctuary cities” across the country throughout the past year in response to the massive influx of illegal aliens caused by President Joe Biden’s open border policies.
Newsom — who has been spending a significant amount of time on social media attacking conservative governors, prompting speculation that he plans to run for president — has accused DeSantis of “kidnapping” in a bizarre tweet.
The far-left California governor began by calling DeSantis a “small, pathetic man.”
Newsom then referenced DeSantis’ past action of flying a group of illegal aliens to the elite vacation spot of Martha’s Vineyard.
“This isn’t Martha’s Vineyard. Kidnapping charges?” he wrote, sharing a screenshot of a law that clearly does not apply to the incident.
.@RonDeSantis you small, pathetic man.
This isn't Martha's Vineyard.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 5, 2023
Notably, the law cited by Newsom states that it applies to when someone “abducts or takes by force or fraud any person contrary to the law of the place where that act is committed.” The law he is citing applies to California, and that is not where the “act” was committed. Also, the transportation of illegal aliens out of state is legal in Florida, as well as Texas and New Mexico — where the incident originated.
Meanwhile, Newsom neglected to address the underlying border crisis or California’s generous welfare policies that contribute to illegal aliens flocking to the state.