The Deputy Inspector General of the Treasury Department, Richard Delmar, recently announced that he plans to audit and investigate the State of Florida (and Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL by proxy) following the Florida Governor’s decision to used allotted money from the state legislature to transport undocumented immigrants by plane to sanctuary states.
The transportations were voluntary as participants signed a form (written in both Spanish and English) acknowledging their understanding and their agreement to be transferred to a different location that openly accepts illegal immigrants – in this case, Martha’s Vineyard.
"As part of its oversight responsibilities for the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, The Treasury Office of the Inspector General has audit work planned on recipients' compliance with eligible use guidance," Delmar wrote and made public on October 7th.
"We will review the allowability of use of [State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund] funds related to immigration generally, and will specifically confirm whether interest earned on SLFRF funds was utilized by Florida related to immigration activities, and if so, what conditions and limitations apply to such use," the deputy inspector general continued.
This is not the first time a government official has announced an investigation upon DeSantis. In late September, The Floridian reported about Texas Sheriff Javier Salazar, who announced that he would conduct a criminal investigation into the Florida Governor following the news of the Martha’s Vineyard story.
Just days after Hurricane Ian left Florida’s shores, some pundits accused DeSantis of improperly using the funds allotted to him to transport the migrants, stating that he should’ve used it towards the hurricane relief effort.
However, DeSantis was allotted $12 million by the state legislature. In order to administer the Martha’s Vineyard flight, he only used $615,000.