Last Wednesday 2 charter planes dropped off 50 undocumented migrants at Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) immediately took credit for the sudden influx of migrants that caused Vineyard officials to declare a “humanitarian crisis.”
Massachusetts governor, Charlie Baker (R) had the undocumented migrants deported to Joint Base Cape Cod within 48 hours of their arrival on the elite coastal island, claiming that the island did not have the resources to permanently house or employ an additional 50 people.
Despite claims of not having enough space to accommodate the migrants, Martha’s Vineyard has the capacity to house up to six million border crossers. Barrack Obama’s vacation home sits vacant on the island for most of the year and could provide shelter for 15 undocumented migrants.
A number of Martha’s Vineyard residents offered up feel-good statements when asked about the arrival of the undocumented border crossers, despite having their new neighbors shipped off to Cape Cod on Friday.
One resident told CNN, “The year-round community is very strong because you are kind of isolated here — whether it’s the ferry or the bad weather, you’re stuck here. We’re used to helping each other. We’re used to dealing with people in need and we’re super happy — like they enriched us. We’re happy to help them on their journey.”
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Another resident stated, “The governor of Florida got it wrong. I think he thought we wouldn’t know what to do. And actually, people here really give a damn. They really care.”
In light of the Martha’s Vineyard situation, Joe Biden is now considering “legal options” to take against Republican governors who send illegal migrants to Democrat-run cities, despite running his own Catch and Release program that has sent well over one million migrants and border crossers to working, middle-class cities throughout the country. Meanwhile, DeSantis has vowed to send more undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
As the migrants prepared to leave the Vineyard Friday, two days after their arrival, one resident bid them farewell by stating, “I want them to have a good life. I want the journey they experienced and the hardships they experienced to have been worth it for them and their families. I want them to come to America and be embraced. They all want to work and…I want their journey to have a happy ending.”
The message from both Baker and the residents of Martha’s Vineyard is clear — they “support” migrants and want the best for them, but not there, not where they live.