Critics say GOP is “using children as political pawns” after migrants unexpectedly flown to Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard welcomes migrants

50 migrants relocated to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis


Volunteers on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts discovered themselves scrambling to discover shelter, meals, water and different companies to accommodate the unexpected arrival of fifty migrants, together with the aged and children, who had been flown there Wednesday as a part of what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls a relocation program.

The transfer echoes related actions by different Republican politicians in current months. Since the spring, GOP governors in Texas and Arizona have transported a number of thousand migrants and asylum seekers to New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. — all cities with Democratic mayors.

Yet, in contrast to these main cities, the surprising arrivals in Martha’s Vineyard weren’t met with migrant resources and companies, such as immigration courts the place their asylum hearings might be heard. Many of the migrants did not know the place they had been going, and native officers weren’t given any advance discover of the flight’s arrival, Nick Giovanni of CBS News’ Boston station WBZ reported Thursday.

Massachusetts state Rep. Dylan Fernandes known as the transfer by the DeSantis authorities to transport migrants to the island with seemingly no coordination “evil.”

“They’re using children as political pawns, but the island community has really rallied together,” Fernandes stated.

Witnesses say the group wandered some three miles from the airport into Edgartown. Once on the town, the migrants had been met by volunteers who introduced them to a highschool the place they had been fed and later transported by college bus to a church to keep for the night time. 

Authorities despatched out pressing pleas on social media asking for volunteers to assist with an “urgent humanitarian situation.”

“Martha’s Vineyard Community Services had 50 people sort of literally walk up to their front door,” volunteer Barbara Rush stated.

Rush stated she labored into the night time serving to the migrant households at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

“We’re not sure what plane brought them here or how they got on a plane to here,” she stated.

Volunteers stated they had been informed by among the migrants they didn’t know the place they had been however had been informed they’d be given housing and jobs.

In a tweet, Democratic state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa praised native officers and attacked the Florida authorities’s tactic.

“In Massachusetts, we used our [Fiscal Year 2023] state budget to continue free meals for kids in school. In Florida, they used theirs to fund treating humans like cargo,” she wrote.

An announcement by a DeSantis spokesperson learn partially: “Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states.'” 

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker stated the state will proceed to assist the short-term shelter companies being offered to these migrants.

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