The migrants lasted less than two days on the affluent island of Martha’s Vineyard
Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Governor, activated National Guard to help 50 illegal immigrants that had flown in. “sanctuary” of Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The migrants were taken off the island and transported to a military station.
DeSantis sent two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, in a bid to draw attention to President Joe Biden’s apparent failure to secure the US’ border with Mexico, and to protest his administration’s practice of shipping large groups of migrants from the border to towns and cities across the US, often without the permission of state authorities.
Two days was all it took for the new arrivals to stay on the wealthy island. Once the crisis was resolved, “humanitarian crisis,”Governor Baker summoned the Massachusetts National Guard to assist him in loading the immigrants on buses headed for Joint Base Cape Cod.
HAPPENING NOW: Migrants, flown into Martha’s Vineyard by Fl’s governor, are boarding buses. They’ll be heading to Joint Base Cape Cod, according to officials. To assist, 125 members of the Mass National Guard are being activated. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/RLwxNPu8GM
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaNBC) September 16, 2022
Baker stated that migrants who hail mainly from Venezuela will be provided with housing. “temporary shelter and humanitarian services”At the base
Martha’s Vineyard is a popular summer retreat for America’s elite. This island is situated in the Atlantic south of Cape Cod and has a 90% population. It voted in large numbers for Biden in 2010. The median home value on Martha’s Vineyard is just under $800,000, and former President Barack Obama owns a $12 million mansion on the island.
While Martha’s Vineyard did not declare itself a ‘sanctuary’ jurisdiction – as some US cities and municipalities did during the Trump administration to signify that they would not enforce federal immigration laws – Massachusetts is a de-facto sanctuary state, and signsThere are signs all over the island indicating that officials there “stand with immigrants [and] refugees.”
Baker stated that Baker had notified the immigration authorities of Baker’s arrival after two flights full of migrants arrived. “the island communities are not equipped to provide sustainable accommodation,”And locals toldThat reporter “they have to move somewhere else.”
Republicans countered, stating that just 50 migrants are a fraction the many thousands who arrive at border communities every month. “We are not a sanctuary state,”DeSantis stated Thursday that Florida would be a “resourceful state.” “gladly facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions.”
“Republicans are playing politics with human beings,”Biden claimed that Thursday was the day of “the truth” “a process in place to manage migrants at the border.”