DeSantis to release documents on Martha's Vineyard planes by December
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis's administration will provide all records related to his flights of planes filled with illegal migrants to Martha's Vineyard by Dec. 1.
DeSantis's office highlighted that it received more than 90 records requests in relation to the flights and that the Florida Center for Government Accountability, which has filed suit seeking documents about the stunt, had no right to jump ahead of the others, according to Politico.
“[Florida Center for Government Accountability] has no right to leap ahead of other requesters to have its requests satisfied at breakneck speed just because it may have the resources and wherewithal to engage in litigation," DeSantis administration general counsel Andrew King wrote, per the outlet.
"Many requesters seek records from the governor's senior staff, and they have primary responsibilities that include time-sensitive tasks on matters of great importance to the state," the Florida governor's legal team added. "Therefore they cannot drop everything they are doing to dedicate uninterrupted hours or days to search for responsive records."
The Florida Center for Government Accountability, meanwhile, noted they weren't the only ones waiting due to the administration's delays and had opted for a judicial solution to expedite their request.
"Everyone in the line has been complaining loudly about the delays but it has fallen on deaf ears," the center's director of public access, Michael Barfield, wrote in an email. "The center decided to stop complaining and ask a judge to intervene."
In mid-September, the Florida governor sent two planeloads of illegal migrants to the upper crust left-wing enclave of Martha's Vineyard in an effort to highlight the Biden administration's lax enforcement of immigration laws.
Their arrival prompted outrage from Democratic politicians and panic within the local community. The migrants were promptly ferried off the island to a nearby military base. Some of those migrants have since filed a separate lawsuit against DeSantis.
The stunt has attracted a bevy of scrutiny at the federal level, with the Treasury Department mounting its own investigation of the affair and California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom suggesting the Department of Justice consider kidnapping charges. DeSantis maintains that the migrants boarded the planes willingly.