Nikki Fried calls for federal probe of Gov. DeSantis ‘morally reprehensible’ migrant relocation plan
Conflict for Governor, Commish.

DeSantis Fried 3.25.21
‘Gov. DeSantis has fallen to a new low, using families and children to gain political attention for his own ambitions.’

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says Gov. Ron DeSantis has “fallen to a new low” for trying to “score political points” by flying undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, and she’s asking U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the matter.

On Thursday afternoon, Fried’s Office announced she has formally requested that Garland look into DeSantis’ relocation Wednesday of 50 Colombian and Venezuelan migrants, some of them children.

“Gov. DeSantis has fallen to a new low, using families and children to gain political attention for his own ambitions. However, you may feel about our immigration situation, transporting 50 migrants across the country to a small town without notice shows a complete disregard for human life, and very well may be illegal,” she said in a statement.

Fried said in her letter to Garland that DeSantis’ “maneuver raises serious legal questions and will have untold repercussions on the individuals caught up in the Governor’s political stunt.”

“To use human beings as political pawns as Gov. DeSantis has done is morally reprehensible, meriting an immediate investigation and appropriate action by the Department of Justice on behalf of the impacted migrants,” she wrote.

Fried is not alone in suggesting that by effectuating his relocation plan, whose funding comes from a $12 million budget earmark the Legislature OK’d earlier this year, DeSantis’ administration may have violated federal law.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom also sent a letter to Garland requesting an investigation into DeSantis. He argued the migrants were likely “targeted” based on their national origin, which could represent a violation of their equal protection rights under 42 U.S. Code Section 1985.

The intent, he said, “appears to have been to humiliate and dehumanize them.”

According to 8 U.S. Section 1324, it is unlawful if a person “knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of the law, transports, or moves … such alien within the United States by means of transportation.”

It is important to note that law pertains to an individual, not a government or government agency. Also of note, DeSantis’ office alleged President Joe Biden’s administration had flown more than 70 air charters with roughly 36 migrant passengers each from the Southwest border to Jacksonville International Airport through September 2021.

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  • Tom

    September 15, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Shut the bell up wench, stench.
    No one cares, you lost to a flip flopper loser.
    Go away to Tuscaloosa, to the trailer.

    • Nikki Fried

      September 15, 2022 at 6:27 pm

      I knew you’d be the first to comment on this one you neo nazi incel creep. I’d hate to see the woman unfortunate enough to have to even speak to you or see you period…much less get laid by you. You aren’t even worth receiving a golden shower by me you loser.

      • Impeach Biden

        September 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm

        Just go away Nikki Fried. Your daily attacks did not work against the finest Governor in the country. Now please pack up your Ag office and leave the premise’s no later than Jan 1

        • Fat Cammack

          September 15, 2022 at 7:22 pm

          What about me baby? You want bare assed, greasy face grind? Show you what GOP is really all about?🍩💋

          • TD

            September 15, 2022 at 7:29 pm

            Your obsession at being facedown in the Cammack Hammock is all you ever post about with your six different screennames. Give it a freaking rest.

          • Fat Cammack

            September 15, 2022 at 7:43 pm

            Show you what you get with the GOP💋

      • Jay Smif

        September 15, 2022 at 9:26 pm

        “tommy” here has never touched a real, live woman in his sad little incel life. Even the ugliest of Oxy-addled hookers in inland Florida turn him down with a frown.

    • Jay Smif

      September 15, 2022 at 9:25 pm

      Hey little sack-licking tommy, fascist Ronny D f*cked the monkey on this one at several federal levels, and his pathetic human trafficking stunt is going to put him in a federal cage for at least a decade. Have fun with that one, weak old cultist!

    • Johnny

      September 17, 2022 at 9:50 am

      Why don’t you right wing maga lovers crawl back into your hole!!!!😂😂😂🤡🤡🤡

  • Concerned Florida Native

    September 15, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    DeSantis now needs to be defeated and disbarred. This is shameful.

  • Beth

    September 15, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Wow DeSantis is such an embarrassment to the state of FL. He doesn’t mind who gets hurt during his ridiculous publicity stunts. He does nothing but show the country what an ignorant immature racist fool he is. He belongs in a circus not in government. Imagine having such an idiot for a parent? So sad. Time for intelligent Americans to rise up and place little Ronnie on the trash heap of history where he belongs. Vote the clown out.

    • Impeach Viden

      September 15, 2022 at 8:13 pm

      How can you call DeSantis an idiot with his academic credentials? He was also an officer in the United States Navy. They don’t take dummies there either. Well Joe Biden tried to get Hunter in the USN but that “Idiot”, yes Hunter is an idiot, could not pass a drug test so he was discharged. You with the “racist” scream sound like one of these goofballs in these so called sanctuary cities. How about we bring a few bus loads to your house Beth? If you turn them away then guess what, you are a racist too.

      • Hope

        September 15, 2022 at 8:38 pm

        @ I V,

        Hopefully that will send the bipolar Charlie Crist packing.

      • Tjb

        September 15, 2022 at 9:20 pm

        DeSantis is smart. But he has no moral compass. Think.

      • Jay Smif

        September 15, 2022 at 9:28 pm

        Thought you inbred cultists HATED “elitists” with Ivy League educations, princess? Or do you only hate the ones that you personally disagree with?

        Regardless, you’re a minimum-wage floormopping Oxy slave. Get a job, monkey.

  • Tom

    September 15, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Fraud is a joke, her liberal scream is pathetic.

    You are a loser Joey, who lost to the epitome of the perennial loser, the chameleon.

    Your efforts to camouflage the topic is a act of a juvenile delinquent.

    You fail in all efforts Joey.
    Kiss my ass, degenerates like you are scum of the earth.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 15, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      👆Narcissistic maniac. Needs involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. Vote for me. I’ll hook idiots like Tom up real good.

      • Tom

        September 15, 2022 at 9:21 pm

        You couldn’t hook up with a drunk bimbo bent over, head down on the bar! You degenerate incest bastard charlie, Joey, idiot Elliot!

        • Charlie Crist

          September 15, 2022 at 9:25 pm

          No way I’m hooking up with you. Shame on you for suggesting this…

          • Tom

            September 15, 2022 at 9:28 pm

            Hardly degenerate, go pipe idiot Elliot, Joey.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 15, 2022 at 9:30 pm

            👆 Doesn’t make a bit of sense…needs serious help.

  • tom palmer

    September 15, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    There certainly needs to be some accountability for this misuse of taxpayer money. Then again, maybe DeSantis presidential campaign dark money slush fund is paying for it.

    • Jerry

      September 15, 2022 at 8:39 pm

      Misuse of money? How? We are SAVING money by getting them out of here. These people would never get off welfare. We’d be paying for their food, housing, and education for the rest of their lives! DeSantis saved us all that money by just paying for a few plane tickets.

      Please try to understand these are people who broke the law! You can’t just walk across borders and declare it your new home. It doesn’t work like that in any nation on the planet. There is a process to do immigration legally.

    • Tom

      September 15, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      Florida State legislature appropriated $12 million Palmer! He’s acting under law.

      We the conservative brethren on FP have had it with the lies. You, Ocean, Morton, Frankie, Marry who are all liars. Many more.

      Gov Kahones is justified. Biden is embarrassment, holding Whitmer holding his hand at auto show! Disgraceful. If it was cuomo he’d be grabbing breasts.

      How many times illegals die crossing the River? How many times will Harris lie? This is impeachable when House & Senate flip. Outrageous!

      • Charlie Crist

        September 15, 2022 at 9:27 pm

        👆 Gibberish. Just look at what the right wing did to this man. Turned him into an ape…

      • Jay Smif

        September 15, 2022 at 9:30 pm

        That was federal money to begin with, sack-licking tommy. Fascist DeSantis f*cked himself with this stunt but good, and now he’s going into the federal prison system for the next 20 years.

        Maybe you can show up to visiting hours and give him the old “Midnight Express” scene when you hold your man-boob up to the glass for him to run his felonious paws over while you both weep uncontrollably.

        • Tom

          September 15, 2022 at 9:38 pm

          Suck hole, you are a ass wipe smurf, dwarf.
          Go have some incest with Joey and Elliot.
          LMAO, fed prison, fed Money. Do ignant.
          Legislature appropriated it you moron.
          $12 million. You are a trailer park Nikki Fraud blow hard.
          Kiss ass.

          • Elliott Offen

            September 15, 2022 at 10:47 pm

            👆God save us from this 12 year old troll

  • TD

    September 15, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    INSANE DEMS: “Florida is Nazi state”
    INSANE DEMS: “Taking migrants out of Florida is literally Nazi fascism”
    PICK A MESSAGE, you pay your grifter consultants enough already.

  • Jerry

    September 15, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Yet its perfectly fine for Joe Biden to load up planes of immigrants from the southern border and dump them in Florida and other red states? No FBI investigations for that? Biden is violating the law. Biden is flat out refusing to enforce federal immigration laws. The southern border is out of control. It’s a mess. We have drug trafficking, human trafficking, and people dying. And Democrats do absolutely nothing about it!

  • Tjb

    September 15, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Appears that the DeSantis’s Administration kidnapped these folk. Kidnapping is a felony.

    • Tom

      September 15, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      Shut the hell up you idiot!
      Such a moron.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 15, 2022 at 9:28 pm

        👆 Biggest moron to ever post on Florida politics calling everyone else a moron. Someone Baker Act this dude.

        • Tom

          September 15, 2022 at 9:33 pm

          FP legend stands. I defeat all you soros Manchurian bastards, easily!
          Go get piped by idiot Elliot, sounds like Smurf, dwarf wants you next.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 15, 2022 at 10:48 pm

            👆 Nonsense and gibberish…needs court ordered medication.

        • nail

          September 15, 2022 at 10:49 pm

          Tom works for Christina Pushaw, press scum, that threatens everyone and has been arrested for stalking. She is desantis’ monkey on a stick from Russia until Casey found out they were playing together in the Govs office. Now she is on the campaign, making ice miserable for everyone on twitter. They keep suspending her but she has to go. She hires Russian trolls from the farms there. She learned well writing propaganda for the 2 oligarchs she worked for.

  • nail

    September 15, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    desantis trafficked ppl from Tx to Mass. Kept them in a hotel for 2 days.
    In case you don’t know what that means Tom. It’s called kidnapping and trafficking.
    One lawsuit filed today more on the way from the DOJ.
    BTW: Abbott flipped on desantis. He knew nothing about desantis housing them in a Hotel in San Antonio,,,,,,
    het Tom, that is illegal…

    • Tom

      September 16, 2022 at 9:10 pm

      Nail, you are mental.
      There is no conspiracy.
      Shut the hell up, you are retarded.
      You Dum Dems are just full of vile.
      Kidnapping my ass.

      Where the hell was this demented potus and his filth call girl Kamala, when 75 drowned? How bout the 50 who died being smuggled. Or the 100’s in the dessert. Biden, Harris sent illegals to death.

      Nail my ass, you pollute FP with your far left hate. Dem Dum hypocrites.

      Thank you to all haters, I love your feeble replies. You do make me the FP legend. Legends stand tall, do not wilt.

  • Hope

    September 16, 2022 at 10:58 am

    We pulled back the curtain on Charlie Crist and all his numerous silly aliases and guess who we found.. Nikki Fried!

    She should direct her energy to calling for an investigation of the Biden Administration for their failure to secure the border which is an impeachable offense.

    Of course the DPJ will pass on the investigation because they are desperate to defend themselves in the illegal search of Mar-A-Lago.

    The hypocrisy and incompetence of the Biden Administration is brilliantly exposed by Governor DeSantis.

  • Nikki Fried

    September 16, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Nice try deflecting from Trump’s crime spree. You apes ought to be shot.

  • maritza

    September 16, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Nikki, you are a lame duck. Know your roll, and shut your mouth. You should be preparing your resume and posting it on job sites. No one wants to hear, or cares what you have to say!

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