SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — On Monday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta told reporters that two flights from Texas transported 36 illegal aliens to Sacramento as part of a “scheme” by the state of Florida.
Bonta told KCRA the state of Florida “used public tax dollars to fund this program – the so-called voluntary transportation program, and they hired a private vendor, called Vertol Systems Inc. to carry out and implement the official program.”
On Friday night, 16 illegal aliens from Colombia and Venezuela were dropped off at the Catholic Diocese in Sacramento. Yesterday, 20 additional illegal aliens arrived at the Sacramento Executive Airport, according to Bonta.
“This isn’t Martha’s Vineyard. Kidnapping charges?” California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted on Monday, citing a California statute.
Sacramento County officials said the illegal aliens are adults and are receiving medical care and crisis counseling. Bonta said the state is conducting a full investigation to identify whether the asylum seekers were lied to. Bonta said California may file criminal or civil actions against Florida officials or the private vendors hired as part of the operation.
Last month, the Florida Division of Emergency Management selected three companies to execute the controversial migrant relocation program signed into law by Governor DeSantis.
ARS Global Emergency Management, GardaWorld Federal Services and Vertol Systems Company Inc. – the company that flew illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard last year – were awarded contracts with FDEM, according to a “notice of intent to award” on the state’s vendor marketplace.
The Florida Standard reached out to Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive office and Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, which manages the relocation program, but did not receive a response.