AUSTIN, Texas — A group of Venezuelan migrants flown from Texas to Massachusetts is suing the Florida governor. 

The federal class action lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the migrants were lured onto planes and across state lines under false pretenses.

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis took a page out of Gov. Greg Abbott’s playbook and sent nearly 50 migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard on two flights. 

Some indicated they had been approached in San Antonio and promised jobs and shelter and told they were going to Boston. The Bexar County sheriff has also launched a criminal investigation into the move.

Sheriff Javier Salazar did not say what laws may have been broken and did not name any potential suspects. DeSantis’ office responded with a statement saying the migrants were given more options to succeed in Massachusetts.

Most of these migrants are legally seeking asylum and have already been processed at the border. Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, an immigration lawyer based in Austin, says these busing programs just make it harder for asylum-seekers to follow the rules, like checking in with officials and showing up to their court date. 

“When this flight happens, it confuses things. It makes it more difficult to comply,” said Lincoln-Goldfinch. “It puts them at more risk of deportation orders because they don’t know how to comply.” 

Lincoln-Goldfinch adds that the programs are not fixing the confusion at the border. 

“It’s certainly odd that the governor of Florida is flying migrants from Texas to Massachusetts,” she said. “These migrants have federal immigration cases, they’ve already been processed by the federal immigration authorities, and their cases have nothing to do with Florida.” 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the latest figures show authorities are on pace to tally over 2.3 million arrests this year. That will far exceed last year’s record of over 1.7 million.

Most of the migrants are coming from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.