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DeSantis Chief of Staff Planned Migrant Flights, Documents Show

  • Texts give best insight yet into how aide helped with flights
  • Migrant flights sparked criminal investigation, federal probe
Migrants boarding a chartered flight from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard.
Migrants boarding a chartered flight from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard.Source: Executive Office of the Governor of Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s top aide helped plan flights of undocumented immigrants from Texas to Massachusetts that are now the subject of a criminal investigation, federal probe and lawsuits, newly released public records show.

“You have my full support,” James Uthmeier, the governor’s chief of staff, texted another Florida official who was in Texas arranging the flight, on Sept. 5. Nine days later, the first chartered jet took off from San Antonio with dozens of undocumented immigrants from Venezuela and Peru aboard, headed for the seaside resort of Martha’s Vineyard.