Sheriff investigates DeSantis' migrant flight; attorneys sue, claiming manipulation

A Texas sheriff said Monday he was opening a criminal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' migrant flight to Martha's Vineyard as the stunt continues to draw

criticism from Democrats and even some Republicans and DeSantis defends what he calls a protest of border policies. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced the

probe on Monday night, saying that his office believes the migrants who were shuttled to the Massachusetts island on Sept. 14 were lured under false pretenses, which DeSantis

denies. "What infuriates me the most about this case is that here we have 48 people that are already on hard times, right?" Salazar said at a press conference. "They are

here legally, in our country. At that point, they have every right to be where they are. And I believe that they were preyed upon." Immigration attorneys working with

some of the asylum-seekers told ABC News that the migrants were given misleading information, including brochures, about benefits they could receive in Massachusetts. A

civil rights group representing at least three of the affected migrants on Tuesday filed a class-action lawsuit against DeSantis and other Florida officials, claiming their

clients were lured under false pretenses as part of a "political stunt." In response, DeSantis' office told ABC News that the migrants were sent on a "voluntary basis."