Monday, September 19, 2022

Florida Ships Illegal Immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard; Martha’s Vineyard in Chaos After DeSantis Ships Migrants to Liberal Enclave

Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP
Florida ships illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard:
Florida shipped two planeloads of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, joining Texas and Arizona in trying to make deep blue territory feel the pain of the migration surge that’s taken place under President Biden.
Officials in Florida and Massachusetts confirmed the flights, which held about 50 total migrants.
Officials in Massachusetts complained that they got no notice of the migrants’ arrival and had to scramble to deal with the newcomers, setting up shelters to give them a place to stay.
Immigrant-rights activists noted that the migrants are Venezuelans and accused Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis of reversing an earlier promise not to ship Cubans or Venezuelans out of the state. The activists accused the Republican governor of using them as “political pawns.”
The campaign to transport illegal immigrants deeper into the U.S. is challenging local Democrat-run governments, which have touted their openness to immigrants — including those that came illegally — but now say they are struggling to handle the numbers.
Texas began the transport campaign in April, collecting illegal immigrants caught and released by the feds and busing them to Washington, where they were dropped off blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Arizona followed suit with its own busing. --->READ MORE HERE
Martha’s Vineyard in chaos after DeSantis ships migrants to liberal enclave:
The liberal enclave of Martha’s Vineyard has been thrown into chaos by the arrival of two planeloads of migrants sent there by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to local reports.
Local officials on the Massachusetts island were told about the new arrivals during a Wednesday night meeting of the West Tisbury Select Board — with Town Administrator Jennifer Rand saying she’d been receiving “furious texts” from residents, the MV Times reported.
“I’m a little unclear about the situation, as is everybody, because everybody is scrambling a bit,” Rand said.
Rand said about 50 migrants were headed to the St. Andrews Church in Edgartown and might be given short-term housing at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s “Ag Hall.”
But that won’t work for long because it doesn’t have beds or showers, she said, adding that feeding the migrants could be difficult, too, because the Martha’s Vineyard Red Cross was “not participating” in the official response.
In a prepared statement Thursday, the Red Cross said it’s “been in contact with local emergency management, and while we have not yet been asked to provide any local support, we stand ready to do that.”
Beth Folcarelli, chief executive officer of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, told the Vineyard Gazette that the migrants “came with folders with a pamphlet with our information. --->READ MORE HERE
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