The ex-pat claims he had been living on the streets of San Antonio for about a month when he met “Perla,” a woman who made him a lucrative offer.
He offered her clothes, food, and money in exchange for finding other immigrants to serve as passengers on flights to Massachusetts. She told CNN. She gave him $10 McDonald’s gift cards to give to immigrants who agreed to board the flights, and he asked her to say that they and their children would be well taken care of once they arrived.
“He told me that those going to Massachusetts would receive them before I sent him.” They would be given shelter and a place to live. He was going to tutor them in the language. “Those who had children were going to study,” he said.
In his first televised interview, the recruiter spoke to CNN under the condition of anonymity to protect his safety. He gave CNN Perla’s business cards, text messages, and audio messages to back up his story and provide an insider’s account of how the expatriate flights came together on September 14.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis: Criticised the Government for Immigrant Policy
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, organized the flights as part of his criticism of the federal government’s immigration and border security policies. According to him, all migrants signed consent forms and were given information about services on the Massachusetts island.
Lawyers for migrants have filed a class action lawsuit, alleging that they were misled into agreeing to flights and that they would arrive to assist with housing, job searching, and the immigration process. According to local officials, no one on Martha’s Vineyard knew they were coming. The sheriff of Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, stated that the flights would be looked into to see if any laws had been broken.
The recruiter, for his part, told CNN that he, too, felt betrayed by Perla and decided would be looked into to see if any laws had been broken. I was unaware of the deception.
“I had no idea it was a governor or a politician,” the recruiter said. “So my sole desire has always been to assist others.”
‘The State Must Look After Them.’
The recruiter told CNN that he agreed to work with Perla to recruit asylum seekers. After learning that they would be fed and housed at a hotel in San Antonio. For a few days before boarding the flights.
“My only intention was to help people find some stability,” he explained. “She escorted them to a hotel. I had the impression that they were well cared for at the hotel, with food, laundry, and clothes.
He explained that his job was to recruit and assist people.
“She said she’d hire me and give me some of her business cards. “I distributed those cards based on the information that we were going to send them to a sanctuary,” he explained. The flight will not take off. We’ll take them to a hotel that, as I explained to you, will provide them with services.”
Furthermore, he stated that he was given $10 McDonald’s gift cards to distribute to expatriates who agreed to stay on the flights.
Attempts to contact the woman named Perla were futile
“They gave them to me so I could give them to people who wanted to fly,” he explained. “Everything was always optional.” Nobody was ever compelled to do anything. When these people said yes, I always ensured they gave me their stay papers.”
The migrant tells CNN what he was promised to board the flight.
The flights took off from San Antonio, stopped in Florida, and finally took off from Martha’s Vineyard on September 14. When they arrived, they claimed to have received a phone call from one of the migrants.
“We’re just wandering around here.” “These people had no idea we were on our way,” the migrant explained.
Migrants are Nervous: No one is there to Greet Them
According to the recruiter, he told Perla that the migrants were nervous because there was no one to greet them, and they were sleeping on the side of the road. She showed CNN what she replied to him with: “Tell them to call the numbers we gave them.” Church. The state must look after them.”
He had left her an audio message. She said later that night.
“I know they were scared at first, but they are now in a much better place and are being cared for like you don’t know.” I know they have arrived in another city, but it is within Massachusetts. “Trust me, they’ll have a much better life than they do here or anywhere else,” she said.
Martha’s Vineyard: Migrants Stayed Before their Transfer
The migrants stayed on Martha’s Vineyard for 44 hours and slept in an Episcopal church before being transferred to Joint Base Cape Cod on September 16.
Over the weekend, the recruiter stated that he was no longer in contact with Perla. He told CNN last week that he had warned him not to speak to reporters.
“Don’t say anything if a reporter calls,” he texted.