Busses arrived in Edgartown, Mass., Friday morning to ship out the 50 illegal migrants who arrived at the New England destination at Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday night courtesy of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
According to the Vineyard Gazette, the mostly Venezuelan migrants will be bussed to a ferry that will take them to a military base on Cape Cod. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced the activation of up to 125 members of the state National Guard to coordinate relief efforts for what local residents declared a “humanitarian crisis.”
“We are grateful to the providers, volunteers and local officials that stepped up on Martha’s Vineyard over the past few days to provide immediate services to these individuals,” Baker said in a Friday press release. “Our Administration has been working across state government to develop a plan to ensure these individuals will have access to the services they need going forward, and Joint Base Cape Cod is well equipped to serve these needs.”
Lisa Belcastro, a local resident who manages the shelter at the island’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where migrants slept for their two-night stay, said Thursday the migrants would have to move on because the wealthy island was full.
“We certainly don’t have housing, we’re in a housing crisis as we are on this island,” Belcastro said. “We don’t have housing for 50 more people.”
Federalist Editor Elle Purnell, however, outlined a dozen “stunning” vacation homes available to house the few dozen arrivals who inaugurated diversity on the majority-white island. While options run between $1,600 to $20,000 a night, New York City Democrat Mayor Eric Adams plans to spend up to $300 million to house the more than 6,000 migrants who’ve arrived in the Big Apple courtesy of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over the next year. Poor Texas border towns, meanwhile, routinely see more than 7,000 new migrant arrivals on a daily basis.
“Residents of Martha’s Vineyard overwhelmingly support illegal immigration and call for more diversity,” wrote DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw on Twitter. “Governor DeSantis was kind enough to grant their wishes.”
The 50 new arrivals on Martha’s Vineyard, however, are now being deported to the Joint Base Cape Cod located on the mainland.
Reaction to the Florida governor’s introduction of diversity to the wealthy white liberal enclave featured left-wing policymakers who accused DeSantis of “trafficking.”
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried, who lost the Democrat gubernatorial primary this summer, published a press release demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate Gov. DeSantis.
“However you may feel about our immigration situation, transporting 50 migrants across the country to a small town without notice shows a complete disregard for human life, and very well may be illegal,” Fried said.
The statement came despite state lawmakers approving $12 million to combat “illegal human trafficking” and “facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens out of Florida.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also accused DeSantis of culpability in “literally human trafficking” on MSNBC.
President Joe Biden, on the other hand, faced no such charges of human trafficking over secret flights of illegal underage migrants in the middle of the night uncovered by the New York Post. In the meantime, Biden’s open border policies, which continue to flood communities with illegal migrants, foster a severe humanitarian crisis complete with an actual human trafficking industry.
Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.
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