A sheriff in Texas on Monday announced an investigation into the migrant flights from the state to Martha's Vineyard in Boston last week. Florida's Republican governor Ron DeSantis has said he arranged the flights.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, an elected Democrat, said he has opened a criminal probe.

Salazar said at a press conference that nearly 50 migrants found on the streets of San Antonio were "lured under false pretenses" to the flights and "stranded unceremoniously in Martha's Vineyard."
San Antonio is the biggest city in Bexar County.

"I believe there is some criminal activity involved here," Salazar said on Monday.

However, he didn't say what laws may have been violated.

"We are trying to keep an open mind and we are going to investigate to find out what exact laws were broken," Salazar said.

Republican governors from Texas and Arizona have also in recent week sent migrants to Democratic-controlled cities, including Chicago and Washington, D.C. Several migrants were bused from Texas and dropped near the Washington D.C. home of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Salazar's is the first law enforcement official to publicly announce an investigation to the recent transport of migrants from Republican-led states to Democratically controlled locales.