Three of the Venezuelans who got booted off a plane from Texas on Martha's Vineyard today sued Florida officials and the two people with fake names - Perla and Emmanuel - who lied to get them on a plane that left them on Martha's Vineyard where, at least, people reacted by trying to help them rather than chortling about owning the libs.
In a suit brought by Lawyers for Civil Rights in US District Court in Boston, the four hope to become leaders of a class action against Florida, whose governor has pledged to spend $12 million in federal Covid-19 money to ship people to blue states, even if they're not actually in Florida.
According to the suit, which recounts how the Venezuelans were hoodwinked into getting on a plane with promises of jobs and aid for them in New York or Boston, the state of Florida spent $615,000 - $12,300 per passenger - to fly the 50 people to the island, which has no facilities to care for refugees, but where people poured in to help. Most of the people were then persuaded to get on a Yankee bus for a ferry ride and bus ride to Joint Base Cape Cod, which has dormitory-style rooms, as well as facilities to feed them and give them access to medical care, counseling and lawyers, and which was used in a similar purpose for Louisiana survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
The suit, which alleges violations of the people's civil rights and rights to due process and equal treatment, as well as false imprisonment, seeks recognition of the "fraud and misrepresentation" that brought them here, an end to the Florida program and compensatory, emotional-distress and punitive damages.