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Assemblywoman Carol A. Murphy at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Carol Murphy calls DeSantis a human trafficker, asks Assembly to condemn him

Lawmaker calls flight of migrants ‘despicable’

By David Wildstein, October 18 2022 4:55 pm

Assembly Majority Whip Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel) wants the legislature to condemn Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for sending migrant to Martha’s Vineyard, saying the potential Republican presidential candidate is guilty of human trafficking when he put 50 asylum seekers on a plane and sent them to  Massachusetts to protest the number of migrants living in his state.

“The actions taken by Governor DeSantis violates federal law, our collective American spirt, morality and even reaches the criminality of human trafficking as defined by The Department of Homeland Security,” Murphy stated.  “The politically-motivated exploitation of these individuals, who are already facing the direst of circumstances, should never be tolerated and the despicable actions of Governor DeSantis are shamefully unpatriotic to the core.”

Murphy slammed DeSantis for luring migrants to promises of a better life in Boston by making false promises of a better life, but instead moving them to an island 90 mile away.

“Human trafficking, in any form, whether done by those traditionally identified as traffickers or those in the government is a heinous act and should never be glorified,” she said. “This act mirrors what occurs daily to victims of human trafficking throughout our state and country, and it must come to an immediate end.”

The three-term assemblywoman introduced her resolution, AR-162, on Monday,  No vote has been scheduled.

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