Migrants were promised jobs, free housing to transport them to Martha's Vineyard

MARTHA'S VINEYARD -- The migrants were approached as they crossed the street to go to McDonald's. Many got their first taste of the United States while staying at

a San Antonio shelter.  An unidentified man and woman walked up to them and offered what sounded too good to be true: Well-paying jobs, free housing,

transportation. As an added incentive, the migrants were handed $50 gift cards. The recently arrived migrants – mostly men from Venezuela paroled into the

United States until their immigration court hearing – jumped at the chance. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

The offer was, in fact, too good to be true. By day’s end, they had all been flown to Martha’s Vineyard, an island off Massachusetts' coast unfamiliar to the migrants. They

were abandoned with no jobs, no housing, no explanation. “It’s criminal,” said Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, a

Washington-based civil rights group, who met and spoke with three of the migrants Friday. “The terrible inhumanity of the governor of Florida using human beings with nothing but

the clothes on their back as political piñatas.” More details emerged Friday about the group of about 50 Venezuelan migrants flown from Texas to Martha's

Vineyard this week aboard two charter flights, trips orchestrated by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.