The refugees stayed on Martha's Vineyard, a wealthy island, for less than two days.
To deal with the 50 illegal aliens that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had flown into the "sanctuary" of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker called in the National Guard. The immigrants were taken off the island and placed at a military outpost.
To draw attention to President Joe Biden's alleged failure to secure the US-Mexico border and to protest his administration's practice of transporting sizable groups of migrants from the border to towns and cities across the US, frequently without the consent of state authorities, DeSantis sent two planeloads of migrants to Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday.
Less than two days were spent by the newcomers on the wealthy island. Governor Baker called up 125 soldiers of the Massachusetts National Guard on Friday and loaded the immigrants onto buses headed for Joint Base Cape Cod after describing the situation as a "humanitarian crisis."
The migrants, most of whom are from Venezuela, will receive "temporary shelter and humanitarian services" at the facility, according to Baker.
America's affluent frequently vacation on Martha's Vineyard. It is around 90% white, located in the Atlantic just south of Cape Cod, and its citizens heavily supported Biden in the 2020 election. Just under $800,000 is the median house value on Martha's Vineyard, while former president Barack Obama has a $12 million estate there.
Although Martha's Vineyard did not declare itself a "sanctuary" jurisdiction, as some US cities and municipalities did under the Trump administration to indicate that they would not enforce federal immigration laws, Massachusetts is a sanctuary state, and there are signs all over the island announcing that local authorities "stand with immigrants [and] refugees."
However, when the two planeloads of immigrants touched down, Baker proclaimed that "the island communities are not ready to provide sustainable housing," and residents told reporters that "they had to migrate somewhere else."
Republicans said that only a small portion of the tens of thousands of migrants that reach border communities each month—50—justifies this claim. DeSantis said on Thursday that Florida would "gladly facilitate the movement of illegal aliens to sanctuary counties" and that "we are not a sanctuary state."
Even though there is "a protocol in place to manage migrants at the border," Biden claimed on Thursday that "Republicans are playing politics with human people."
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