The Biden administration is taking its ongoing battle with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to new heights by opening an investigation into his sending chartered planes with illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
The Treasury Department said it is looking into whether the Republican governor used interest earned on money from the coronavirus state and local fiscal recovery funds to pay for the flights.
The funds were part of the White House’s American Rescue Plan.
This action was pushed by congressional Democrats, including Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who tweeted that relief funds were used to “cruelly transport immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.”
Markey added that DeSantis’ actions were done under “false pretenses” and without consideration for the illegals’ “personal dignity or basic needs.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is under investigation over whether he misused taxpayer dollars to fly dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, and it’s the Treasury Department who is heading the probe.https://t.co/oQ51VJP9Bz
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) October 13, 2022
The Treasury Department’s inspector general’s office told the Massachusetts delegation that it will proceed with the investigation “as soon as possible.”
Clearly, the state’s congressional leaders are targeting DeSantis, as POLITICO reported a letter to Markey and five House members from the agency. It confirmed that investigators will look into whether interest earned from relief funds was “utilized by Florida related to immigration activities.”
Florida set aside $12 million from its Freedom First Budget to the Transportation Department for the movement of “unauthorized aliens” within the state to other states or the District of Columbia.
The move by DeSantis’s critics is also calling into question the migrants being transported from another state — Texas — to Martha’s Vineyard.
For the record, there is a very long list of Democratic states that used COVID relief funds for a wide variety of radical pet projects. These projects had little or no linkage whatsoever to the coronavirus pandemic, and there has been no official action against these states.
Furthermore, the White House flew immigrants all over the country, usually under the cover of night, using taxpayer funds.
The Biden administration is turning the targeting of political enemies into an art form, and the Treasury Department is just the latest to engage in a witch hunt. From the Justice Department and FBI to now the Treasury Department, conservatives are both fair and frequent game.