Latin American civil rights organization meets migrants at Eagle Pass and takes them to other towns in Texas

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The League of United Latin American Citizens met with migrants Sunday in the border town of Eagle Pass and briefed them on their civil rights before ferrying about three dozen to Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.

LULAC National President Domingo Garcia said the organization was trying to counter the “lies and misinformation that recruiters use to drive men, women and children to despair”.

“I have spoken personally with many refugees and know that all they want is to work and have a safe place to live while awaiting their court appearance,” Garcia said in a statement. “Instead, Governors Abbott and DeSantis, and others, toy with them like political piñatas with no regard for their welfare.”

Governor Abbott has bussed more than 10,000 migrants to Washington, DC, New York and Chicago in recent months in a bid to shed light on the record number of migrants crossing the border.

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Governor DeSantis chartered two flights of 48 migrants from San Antonio with a final destination of Martha’s Vineyard last week. The DeSantis administration denied reports that the migrants had been promised jobs at Martha’s Vineyard and said they had “multiple” opportunities to decline travel.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a Democrat, on Monday announced a criminal investigation into whether migrants were “lured” from the San Antonio Migrant Resource Center under “false pretenses.”

LULAC is offering a $5,000 reward for information about a woman named Perla who allegedly told migrants they would get three months of work if they flew to Martha’s Vineyard.

DeSantis’ office said the migrants were “left to fend for themselves” in Bexar County.

“Unless the MA National Guard abandoned these people, they were given housing, food, clothing and more options to succeed after their unjust incitement to the United States, unlike the 53 immigrants who died in a truck found abandoned in Bexar County in June,” DeSantis’ office said, referring to dozens of migrants found dead in a suffocating tractor-trailer in San Antonio.

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Tom Schmerber, the sheriff of Maverick County, where Eagle Pass is located, said this month that his priority was the the safety of his county.

“I’m very worried about who’s passing. I know there are people who want to have a better life, but there are also people who want to take advantage of the situation, the criminal element,” said Schmerber to Fox News.

Aubrey L. Morgan