MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass. – A group of about 50 migrants from Venezuela was moved from Martha’s Vineyard to mainland Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis chartered two flights for men, women and children to the small resort island on Wednesday. It’s a move that protests President Biden’s border policies — and stirs controversy — as some call it inhumane and strictly political.
Island officials said they had no idea. This is a highly political and divisive issue.
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As this battle continues, Massachusetts leaders need to know what to do with this group of migrants, as DeSantis said he plans to transport more migrants from Florida to sanctuary states.
There were cheers as around 50 migrants from Venezuela boarded the buses on Friday morning. They took a ferry from Martha’s Vineyard to the mainland to stay at Joint Base Cape Cod for emergency shelter.
It comes after locals rush to take care of their unexpected visitors.
“We went to load cases of water, snacks, other fruit and things we had available,” said Richard Reinhardsen, a Salvation Army employee.
Governor DeSantis spoke Friday afternoon in Daytona Beach. He discussed sending the two planes to Massachusetts Island, saying sanctuary states must bear the brunt of President Biden’s weak immigration and border policies. He explained that the planes were coming from San Antonio, Texas, and were full of migrants who intended to move to Florida.
DeSantis said the move was voluntary and they signed waivers in addition to getting a card from Martha’s Vineyard. This stands in contrast to what critics were saying, saying the migrants were lured onto planes thinking they were finding work and accommodation.
“It’s only when 50 illegal aliens end up in a rich, wealthy enclave that he (Biden) decides to rush into it,” DeSantis told the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University crowd. “So what we continue to do is use all the tools at our disposal to help with negative border policies.”
This appears to be a direct response to Biden administration flights filled with immigrants. The News4JAX I-TEAM has documented dozens of charters landing in Jacksonville.
“We want to make sure that taxpayers don’t have to pay tens of thousands or thousands of people coming in illegally and that’s the way it should be done,” he added.
In recent weeks, Republican governors in Arizona and Texas have joined Florida in protests – sending hundreds of migrants from the southern border to Democratic-led northern states.
DeSantis said more robberies and busses were likely after securing $12 million in relocation funding from the state legislature.
“Instead of working with us on solutions, Republicans are playing politics with human beings, using them as props,” President Joe Biden said. “What they are doing is just plain wrong. It’s un-American, it’s irresponsible, and we have a process in place to deal with migrants at the border.
Florida’s Republican Party countered by saying 3.4 million illegal immigrants have reached the US border since Biden took office – and more than 800,000 have escaped to the United States. The Florida party also claimed that terrorists, rapists, gang members and cartels were exploiting the chaos. .
Humanitarian groups fired back with rebuttals – calling the Republican governors’ actions unacceptable.
“We must prosecute gangs, drug traffickers and cartels, but we must also treat real and legitimate refugees, especially families and children, with human compassion and American charity,” said Domingo Garcia, President. of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
Many, like California Governor Gavin Newsom, are calling for a Justice Department investigation into possible human rights abuses. For now, the future of migrants is unclear.
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