Florida Gov. DeSantis vows to continue relocating migrants after 2 flights sent to Martha’s Vineyard

Written by on September 16, 2022

JOINT BASE CAPE COD — Shortly after midday Friday, a bunch of migrants, principally originating from Venezuela, arrived at their new temporary home on Cape Cod after an unexpected arrival Wednesday on Martha’s Vineyard.

Officers have been working to house, feed and support the group of about 50 migrants since they arrived on the rich Massachusetts island Wednesday afternoon.

Amid a firestorm of criticism from advocates and political opponents, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took credit score for chartering the 2 flights and vowed to continue the relocation program Friday

A spokesperson for DeSantis stated the migrants had been flown to Martha’s Winery as a part of the governor’s “promise to drop off undocumented migrants in progressive states.” 

Their arrival comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey criticized the Biden administration’s border safety and immigration insurance policies and bused migrants to New York City, Chicago and Washington. Practically 8,000 migrants had been moved on state-sponsored bus journeys by late August, straining cities’ assets.

Biden on Thursday referred to as the transfer reckless and un-American. “As an alternative of working with us on options, Republicans are enjoying politics with human beings, utilizing them as props,” Biden stated.

DeSantis stated Friday he was “perplexed” to listen to Biden was planning a federal response: “It is solely when you’ve got 50 unlawful aliens find yourself in very rich, wealthy enclave that (Biden) decides to scramble on this,” he stated.

BACKGROUND:DeSantis says 50 people flown to Martha’s Vineyard are ‘illegal immigrants’

WHAT’S NEXT?Texas, Arizona bus migrants to U.S. cities, and now Chicago 

On Friday, the group was moved to Joint Base Cape Cod, a facility that’s house to 5 navy instructions, the place state and native officers had been coordinating meals, shelter and important companies with volunteers, the Dukes County Emergency Administration Affiliation stated in a launch.

This is what we all know:

DeSantis says he’ll proceed relocating migrants

Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed Friday to proceed his relocation program and defended utilizing Florida’s $12 million relocation program, aimed toward transporting “unauthorized aliens” out of the state, to fly 48 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Winery, Massachusetts.

Florida Gov. DeSantis:50 people flown to Martha’s Vineyard are ‘illegal immigrants’

“There’s additionally going to be buses and there’ll probably be extra flights, however I am going to let you know this: The Legislature gave me $12 million,” he stated. “We will spend each penny of that to guarantee that we’re defending the individuals of the state of Florida.”

DeSantis addressed questions on whether or not transporting migrants from Texas to Massachusetts met the intent of lawmakers once they included the $12 million in funding final spring.

He stated “it is onerous” for Florida to establish migrants once they arrive in vehicles, two or three at a time, so going to Texas to divert them from probably coming to Florida is justified, he stated.

Migrants had been ‘lied to many times,’ immigration lawyer says

The migrants who arrived at Martha’s Winery had been falsely told there would be jobs and housing waiting for them upon arrival, an immigration lawyer informed journalists Thursday. 

“Accounts from the migrants who arrived final evening make it clear that they had been lied to many times,” Rachel Self stated.

The migrants got the supply of jobs, free housing, and $50 reward playing cards, in keeping with Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Residents, a Washington-based civil rights group.

He stated they had been handed purple folders with what proved to be faux paperwork promising jobs and housing, then flown to Martha’s Winery in non-public constitution planes, stopping at the least as soon as alongside the best way.

FOLLOW THE FLIGHT:Florida Gov. DeSantis flew 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard

Julio Henriquez, an lawyer who met with a number of migrants, stated they “had no thought of the place they had been going or the place they had been.”

Most of the migrants have appointments with ICE Monday morning in Texas, Washington, and D.C., Self stated – appointments they’re fearful about lacking.   

U.S. officers informed immigration attorneys that required check-ins could be postponed, Henriquez stated. Homeland Safety officers did not instantly reply to a request for remark Friday.

Everlides Dela Hoz, a mom and grandmother who made the trek from Venezuela together with her husband and 25-year-old son, stated the group, whereas grateful for the response they obtained in Martha’s Winery, is offended that they had been lied to. 

“After we received on the airplane, they informed us they might give us jobs, a spot to reside, all the things,” she stated via a translator. “The entire group is fairly upset. However they did take us to a pleasant place.”

Buses, ferry take group to Cape Cod 

The group left a church the place they’d been sheltering Friday and boarded buses certain for the Winery Haven ferry terminal. Police and state emergency administration officers escorted the group via a crowd of individuals. Because the migrants handed flashing cameras, they stopped to bid farewell to the islanders who welcomed them.

On the ferry terminal, Everlides Dela Hoz stated she didn’t know the place she was headed. Dela Hoz traveled from Venezuela together with her husband and 25-year-old son. On Friday, she stated she was informed there could be beds and that it might be secure and that they had been promised assist discovering work.

WOODS HOLE 09/16/22 State Police motorcycles lead a motorcade with the bus carrying the Venezuelan migrants from Martha's Vineyard to Joint Base Cape Cod at the Woods Hole Steamship Authority terminal on Friday morning. Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times

After a brief passage to the mainland, the migrants arrived on the Steamship Authority’s Woods Gap station. Onlookers erupted in applause as their bus, led by a state police escort, left the boat.

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, a Democrat, informed reporters on the Steamship Authority dock in Woods Gap that the migrants got the choice to go to the bottom, however he didn’t know the precise quantity of people that had arrived there Friday. 

“That is what good authorities truly seems like, what compassionate authorities truly seems like,” Fernandes stated. “I couldn’t be prouder of the individuals of Martha’s Winery and Cape Cod and I couldn’t be prouder to have a state crew pull this collectively so shortly. We’re a group that sprang collectively to present them the assets they wanted, there was an outpouring of assist from in all places to assist out.”

Extra:Cubans, Haitians are fleeing to US in historic numbers. These crises are fueling migration.

Immigrants gather with their belongings outside a church on Sept. 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. Local leaders say two plane landings here appear to be carrying Venezuelan nationals sent to Massachusetts by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Shelter, humanitarian assist to be offered at Joint Base Cape Cod

Gov. Charlie Baker’s office on Friday morning introduced plans to supply new shelter and humanitarian assist on the base, situated on the Higher Cape, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and different officers. The governor stated he would activate as much as 125 members of the Massachusetts Nationwide Guard to help.

At Joint Base Cape Cod, the migrants will discover respite in dormitory-style lodging. Emergency administration officers stated there can be areas each for singles and households, and that households can be stored collectively. They are going to be supplied with clothes and toiletries kits, and meals.

Officers stated they may also have entry to authorized and well being care companies, in addition to psychological well being and crises counseling companies. Interpreters can be available to help with communication.

Joint Base Cape Cod is a 22,000-acre facility and designated emergency shelter in Barnstable County. It is used by the Nationwide Guard, Air Power and Coast Guard for coaching workout routines. It’s the solely Coast Guard Aviation facility within the northeast and retains watch over waters from New Jersey to the Canadian border. 

Biden: Republicans are ‘enjoying politics with human beings’

Some Republicans, together with Stephen Miller, a chief architect of former President Donald Trump’s immigration insurance policies, celebrated the shock flights whereas critics have derided them as inhumane.

Column:Ron DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard stunt cruelly uses migrants as human pawns, helping no one

White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused DeSantis and Abbott of abandoning the migrants in Martha’s Winery and called the incident a “a cruel political stunt” Thursday.

President Joe Biden echoed that sentiment hours later criticizing Republican officials at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala.

“As an alternative of working with us on options, Republicans are enjoying politics with human beings, utilizing them as props,” Biden stated. “What they’re doing is solely fallacious. It’s un-American. It’s reckless.”

Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Rick Jervis and Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY; Bruce Bowman, Pensacola Information-Journal; Gwenn Friss, Cape Cod Instances; Mark Harper, The Daytona Seashore Information-Journal; Related Press

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