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WELCOME TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD! Gov. DeSantis Flies Illegal Migrants To The Upscale Island

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Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard! Have a lovely stay, and be sure to mingle with the locals. They’re lovely people who claim they’ll welcome you with open arms, so they should make you feel right at home – well, probably not exactly like home, but nevertheless, enjoy!

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard to draw attention to what most Republicans consider to be the Biden administration’s failed border policies. Flights to the upscale island enclave in Massachusetts were part of an effort to “transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” said Taryn Fenske, DeSantis’ communications director.

While DeSantis’ office didn’t go into details on their legal immigration status, many migrants who cross the border illegally from Mexico are temporarily shielded from deportation after being freed by U.S. authorities to pursue asylum in immigration courts. Over 2,000,000 illegal immigrants have crossed the border since Biden took office.

Terry MacCormack, press secretary for Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker (R), said in a statement that the state’s executive was “in touch with local officials regarding the arrival of migrants in Martha’s Vineyard.”

“At this time, short-term shelter services are being provided by local officials, and the Administration will continue to support those efforts,” MacCormack said.

A woman, who is part of a group of immigrants that had just arrived, holds a child as they are fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration’s failed border policies. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

According to CBS News, Martha’s Vineyard’s Island Wide Regional Emergency Management said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that “approximately 50 individuals, to the best of our knowledge originating from Venezuela, landed at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport, seeking shelter.”

Immigrants gather with their belongings outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, September 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. RAY EWING/AP

“Town Emergency Management Operations from the six Island towns and the Sheriff’s Office, as well as County Management are actively collaborating to develop a coordinated regional response,” the statement said, adding “two emergency shelters have been established at local Island churches, with additional space available in case further arrivals occur.”

CBS Boston reported that the group of migrants wandered about three and a half miles from the airport to Edgartown, where Barbara Rush, of St. Andrews Church, said “Martha’s Vineyard Community Services had 50 people sort of literally walk up to their front door.”

CBS News immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez noted that unlike the other cities Republican governors have chosen as destinations for migrants, Martha’s Vineyard is not an urban, metropolitan area with a robust social services infrastructure: There are no large refugee or migrant services organizations on the island. There’s no Justice Department immigration court where the migrants can attend asylum hearings. There’s no ICE field office where migrants can check-in. As it hasn’t been a top destination for recent arrivals, the flights will also raise questions about whether all the migrants transported there on Wednesday knew where they were going.

Liberal progressives have been quick to claim that they’re willing to welcome illegal migrants into their ‘sanctuary cities’ and DeSantis was only giving them what they requested regardless of whether these towns and communities were prepared for their arrival.

DeSantis, however, appears to be taking the ‘sanctuary’ strategy to a new level by using planes and choosing Martha’s Vineyard, whose harbor towns that are home to about 15,000 people are far less prepared than New York or Washington for large influxes of migrants. Perhaps now they’ll reconsider their “open border” policies and put more pressure on the Biden Administration to shut it down.

Governor Greg Abbot (R-TX) joined DeSantis in the bold move of busing illegal immigrants to Kamala Harris’s private residence in Washington D.C. Thursday morning. Between 75-100 migrants literally showed up on the Vice President’s doorstep seeking refugee, but were later transported to a local church by Sanctuary DMV.

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