The nearly 50 illegal immigrants sent from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard were shuttled to Joint Base Cape Cod on Friday, after spending only two days on the island.
“Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced new shelter and humanitarian supports at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) for the approximately 50 migrants who arrived in Martha’s Vineyard this week,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. The state has reportedly activated 125 National Guard members to assist with the situation.
Martha’s Vineyard couldn’t handle 50 illegal immigrants for even 24 hours. They called in the buses and deported them from the island. But I thought left wingers loved diversity? Sad day. pic.twitter.com/qh324FrqZE
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 16, 2022
HAPPENING NOW: Migrants, flown into Martha’s Vineyard by Fl’s governor, are boarding buses. They’ll be heading to Joint Base Cape Cod, according to officials. 125 Mass National Guard members are being activated to assist. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/RLwxNPu8GM
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaNBC) September 16, 2022
Bus carrying migrants now arrives at Joint Base Cape Cod after they spent two nights in Martha’s Vineyard #wcvb pic.twitter.com/QnJD0YoxTr
— Sharman Sacchetti (@SharmanTV) September 16, 2022
Baker’s office said the JBCC will provide a “dedicated space” for the illegal aliens to access legal and health care services.
“JBCC has historically housed and cared for displaced individuals, including Louisiana residents fleeing the impact of Hurricane Katrina, as well as an alternative care medical site for Massachusetts residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered two planes and had the migrants flown to the liberal stronghold on Wednesday.
“States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country’ by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies,” DeSantis’ office said on Wednesday.
Democrats have reacted angrily to the Florida governor’s move, calling it a “political stunt,” and even “human trafficking.”
“Some politicians would rather not only have an issue, but exacerbate it to the extent of literally human trafficking,” said former Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday.
Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton reacts to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) flying dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard:
“Some politicians would rather not only have an issue, but exacerbate it to the extent of literally human trafficking.” pic.twitter.com/OVYphEHjrJ
— The Recount (@therecount) September 16, 2022
Some Democrats, like Governor Gavin Newsom and immigration attorney Rachel Self, have even argued that the Florida governor’s actions amount to “kidnapping.”
“It wasn’t kidnapping when we talked about Biden putting them on planes, sending them to Florida, or when [Chicago Mayor] Lori Lightfoot put them on a bus and sent them to a neighboring neighborhood,” noted Fox News contributor Lisa Marie Boothe.
WATCH: @LisaMarieBoothe explains 2 things about the Martha's Vineyard migrant flights that have been overlooked by mainstream media. pic.twitter.com/5bgFScn7YY
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) September 16, 2022
In his defense, DeSantis insisted that Florida is not “a sanctuary state,” and that migrants should be sent to “sanctuary jurisdictions” that support the Biden regime’s open border immigration policies.
“And yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures,” the governor explained during a press conference on Thursday. “Biden would fly people in the middle of the night, dump them all across this country—there was no warning on any of this—and all of those people in D.C. and New York were beating their chest when Trump was president, saying they were so proud to be sanctuary jurisdictions, saying how bad it was to have a secure border,” DeSantis noted.
“The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, they all of a sudden go berserk and they’re so upset that this is happening. It just shows you their virtue-signaling is a fraud.”
“They are supporting policies that are frankly, just indefensible,” he added. “It is not defensible for a superpower to not have any control over the territory of its country or the borders of its country.
In Florida, we take what is happening at the southern border seriously.
We are not a sanctuary state, and we will gladly facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions. pic.twitter.com/YeEbMzy8yG
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 15, 2022
The war on words between Democrats and DeSantis escalated on Friday when the Florida governor responded to Gov. Newsom’s calls to have Biden’s Department of Justice investigate him for “kidnapping.”
“I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function,” DeSantis quipped.
Gavin Newsom calls for DOJ to investigate Florida for sending illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard.
DeSantis responds: "I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function." pic.twitter.com/yNNZs2cVh6
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 16, 2022
DeSantis said he was “perplexed” to Joe Biden “scrambling” to respond to the Martha’s Vineyard migrants after he has ignored the massive humanitarian crisis at the border.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 16, 2022
The migrants themselves told MSNBC that they were thankful to DeSantis for flying them to Martha’s Vineyard where “they were very well received.”
MSNBC: "Migrants are actually thanking Gov. Ron Desantis for having brought them to Martha's Vineyard." pic.twitter.com/Skr08FbLEw
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) September 16, 2022