News that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew a small group of illegal border crossers to the rich island of Martha’s Vineyard escalated last week when several Democrats in Florida, Massachusetts, and California asked the Department of Justice to investigate red states such as Florida and Texas for “trafficking” migrants against their wills.
As DeSantis noted, “these are voluntary transportation” to a location that once boasted of being a “haven” for migrants, but that didn’t stop blue state politicians from turning the latest border crisis news cycle into an opportunity to sic the feds on their political opponents.
It’s a “rules for thee but not for me” kind of move. After all, President Joe Biden transported illegal border crossers across the country under the cover of night without much corporate media coverage or consequence for more than a year. But Democrat politicians who once touted sanctuary protections for illegal border crossers and, more importantly, the DOJ apparently only draw the line when these migrant flights and bus trips by day are sponsored by Republican politicians.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was one of the first Democrats to pen a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week demanding that the DOJ investigate the “morally reprehensible” and potentially “illegal” act of transporting illegal border crossers across the country. Attorneys claiming to represent the Venezuelans also asked the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts to open a criminal investigation into the Martha’s Vineyard flights.
Newsom, who bussed homeless people out of town when he was the San Francisco mayor, suggested the DOJ consider bringing kidnapping and “civil rights conspiracy” charges against Republican governors facilitating the bussing and flying of migrants in “this alleged fraudulent scheme.”
DeSantis, unfazed by the backlash, quipped that Newsom’s “hair gel is interfering with his brain function.” The DOJ, however, was not unfazed. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco all but confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg that the federal agency is evaluating “a number of inquiries and letters” like Newsom’s demanding an investigation. It’s unclear if any of those “inquiries and letters” include concerns about Biden’s “ghost flights” but if the DOJ’s recent actions tell us anything, it’s that the agency likely won’t go after the regime that’s given it unfettered power to incriminate.
Seeing as how the DOJ has jumped at opportunities to target Republican-led states like Texas and Florida in the past, it would come as no surprise for the federal agency to use its authority and resources to go after the regime’s political enemies instead of addressing the real border crisis.
As a matter of fact, that’s already happening.
For more than a year now, Garland and his DOJ henchmen have had their legal crosshairs aimed at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s actions at the border. Instead of addressing the influx of illegal border crossers and the crime wave that comes with open border policies, the DOJ has focused its efforts on stopping Abbott from building a wall at the Texas-Mexico border and investigating whether Operation Lone Star, the deployment of more than 10,000 National Guard and Department of Public Safety troopers to the border, violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Now, with urging from several Democrats, the DOJ could include DeSantis as a target in its crusade against red states and any other border state that decides to take matters into its own hands.
Bending the rules beyond recognition to do as it pleases is not foreign to the Biden administration nor the DOJ. But if the DOJ decides to indulge Newsom and other Democrats’ requests to go after DeSantis and keep on its campaign against Abbott, it will once again prove that its loyalties lie not to the rule of law, such as laws stopping people from illegally entering the country, but to the Democrat-controlled regime.
A move like that will also likely further impede the trust of voters who understand the magnitude of the border crisis far better than anyone in Washington D.C.