The governor of Massachusetts stated this week that some fifty immigrants who were sent to the affluent northern island of Martha’s Vineyard as a result of a political spat over immigration would be temporarily lodged at a nearby military installation.
The migrants, who were mostly from Venezuela and included children, reached Martha’s Vineyard this week. The island is a Democratic stronghold and a famous holiday spot for the nation’s political elite.
They were put on planes from Texas that Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, says he booked himself.
The office of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker released a statement stating that, despite the efforts of the local community to assist the newcomers, the island is “not equipped to supply permanent accommodations, and state officials have devised a plan to provide an extensive humanitarian solution.”
This week, the state volunteered to transfer the migrants to temporary accommodations at the close by Joint Base Cape Cod if they wanted to.
“Families won’t be separated,” the statement stated, adding that the base had been used as an emergency center before and that the migrants would be able to get medical care and legal help.
Local news sources say that the refugees were on their way to the station this week.
A number of them said they didn’t know they were going to an island.
Local Democrat lawmaker Julian Cyr called for a probe into “human trafficking.”
He told local news, “This exceeds the moral criteria of human trafficking, regardless of if it meets the legal criteria for human trafficking.” He also expressed his desire that the Department of Justice will investigate the event.
The American right has made political leverage out of sending migrants to Democratic areas in order to criticize President Biden’s immigration policies, which they claim have made it easier for undocumented immigrants to enter the country illegally and in bulk.
It’s also an attempt to make immigration a big issue in the November midterm elections.
This week, two buses full of migrants pulled up near Vice President Kamala Harris’s official home in Washington, D.C. This was done on purpose since Harris is in charge of the sensitive problem of immigration for the White House. They were sent by Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas.
The Republican states’ treatment of people who have left Venezuela’s socialist government was criticized again by the White House.
“Those were kids. They were mothers. They ran away from communism. What did Governors DeSantis and Abbott do for them? They treat them like property and use them to serve as political pawns,” according to Karine Jean-Pierre, spokesperson for the White House.
As a response, DeSantis made fun of the fact that the refugees had been moved off of the rich island.
“By the way, they’ve already bused them out. Everyone is wanted,” they claimed. “No one is illegal.” He stated, “And they are gone in 48 hours.”