FL Sending Migrants to MA May Violate State Law – NBC Boston

The NBC10 Investigators have new information about how the state of Florida paid to fly nearly 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard last month.

We have learned that these flights may have violated Florida law.

When the state of Florida searched for a company to relocate these migrants, it stated a number of rules that govern the state’s relocation program. Documents obtained by the NBC10 Investigators show several instances where those rules were not followed.

According to documents obtained through a public records request, the state of Florida allocated $12 million to its relocation program.

The Florida Department of Transportation said it was looking for a company to cite to “assist in the voluntary relocation of unauthorized aliens found in Florida.” But the 48 migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard in September were from Texas, which would be against state law.

The same guidelines required the state to notify local law enforcement that the migrants were on their way, but neither the Baker administration nor local officials on the Cape said they got a heads up. Florida State Sen. Jason Pizzo is suing to have the relocation program stopped immediately.

“Nobody authorized you to go and spend money outside the state of Florida on a problem or condition that didn’t exist. We were sold a bad bill of materials,” Pizzo said.

According to the documents, several transport companies responded to the state’s request for quotations.

Vertol Systems, an aerospace company based in Destin, Florida, ultimately won the contract.

In an email to the Florida DOT, the company provided prices for flights to both Boston and Los Angeles.

In September, Florida paid Vertol Systems more than $1.5 million for an unauthorized alien relocation program.

The first payment was made six days before the flights left Texas and landed in Martha’s Vineyard.

According to the documents, the relocation program was supposed to last until June 2023, or until the $12 million in funding ran out.

That led to speculation that the two flights to Martha’s Vineyard would not be the last.

“I don’t think it makes economic sense for the governor to spend $12,000 per person on political theater. northeast”

We reached out to Vertol Systems for comment, but have yet to hear back.

Two other companies named in the documents deny any involvement in the flights to Martha’s Vineyard.

Our sister station in Miami reached out to Governor Ron DeSantis’ office and to the Florida Department of Transportation. None of them have responded.

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