Perla Huerta, a former US army combat medic and counterintelligence agent has been identified as the person behind the plot to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
Perla Huerta was sent to Texas from Tampa to fill the planes at the center of the trips, which many have argued could amount to illegal human trafficking, a person briefed on an investigation into the case told the New York Times.
In September, dozens of asylum seekers were transported to Martha’s Vineyard, an affluent community in Massachusetts, and were promised cash assistance, help with housing and other resources if they traveled to the state.
DeSantis claimed responsibility for the flights, portraying it as a protest against the Joe Biden White House’s immigration policy.
Multiple migrants told the New York Times that it was Huerta, 43, who approached them in San Antonio and sold them on the idea of boarding a plane bound for the affluent surroundings of Martha’s Vineyard.
Who is Perla Huerta?
Perla Huerta is a former spy with the US Army’s counterintelligence who served as a medic in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Perla, 43, deployed to Iraq from May 2003 to July 2004 and October 2008 to October 2009; Afghanistan from December 2010 to July 2011, September 2014 to January 2015, August 2018 to November 2018 and January 2019 to February 2019; and Djibouti from August 2013 to October 2013,” Bonzo said. “She held the rank of master sergeant at the end of service.”
Huerta was discharged from the US army in August after serving the military branch for two decades.
Huerta lives in Tampa, Florida, according to The Times and public records.
She has been divorced since 2017 and has children, according to public records.
She previously lived in Niceville, Florida, where she and her husband divorced, court records show.
Huerta has ties to San Antonio.
She lived there for several years before joining the Army and still has family in the region.