We now know:
Until now, little has been known about the woman whom migrants said identified herself only by her first name, “Perla,” when she solicited them to join the flights. A person briefed on the San Antonio sheriff’s office investigation into the matter told The New York Times that the person being looked at in connection with the operation is a woman named Perla Huerta.
Ms. Huerta, a former combat medic and counterintelligence agent, was discharged in August after two decades in the U.S. Army that included several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to military records.
A Venezuelan migrant who was working with Ms. Huerta to recruit migrants confirmed her identity, and a migrant in San Antonio whom Ms. Huerta had unsuccessfully sought to sign up identified a photo of her in an interview with The Times. Several of the migrants on Martha’s Vineyard photographed her during the recruitment process in San Antonio, according to Rachel Self, a lawyer representing the migrants. Lawyers working with them were able to match those photos with others online and in social media belonging to a woman named Perla Huerta.
One would hope that the FBI will be investigating this very carefully.
And again, it cannot be overstated what an appalling act of cruelty this was, and DeSantis had to abduct people by fraud from Texas because the CARAVANS that were heading to his state in fact existed entirely in his own head:
The program was conceived as a means for Florida to push back on the number of unauthorized migrants being flown into the state by the federal government. As of August, Mr. DeSantis said the funds had yet to be used, because the additional large groups of migrants that had been expected had failed to materialize.
It’s just great that this genuinely despicable person got a lot of glowing media coverage in 2021 because reporters were tired of thinking about the pandemic.
Then imagine spending thousands and thousands of dollars just to… abandon them frightened and confused in a strange place, wondering why someone who seemed so kind would do this to them. And then patting yourself on the back over the brilliant media coup you just scored.— Julian Sanchez (@normative) September 28, 2022
Next week on Ron DeSantis' Cruelty Camera: "We told these homeless people we were bringing them for a hot meal… then served them photographs of steak and a bowl of lukewarm dish soap! Tune in to savor the moment their gratitude turns to despair!"— Julian Sanchez (@normative) September 28, 2022