In his announcement, Gov. Baker said the state will transport the migrants to a military base on Cape Cod, with the help of the state's National Guard, just one day after their initial arrival to 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," the press release began. "The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is coordinating efforts among state and local officials to ensure access to food, shelter and essential services for these men, women and children. Governor Charlie Baker also plans to activate up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as part of this relief effort."
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaNBC) 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
Martha's Vineyard is a community where the vast majority voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election and where the average home price is $1.325 million.
Ian Miles Cheong tweeted a photograph of a sign displayed in the wealthy community, reading "We stand with immigrants," and "refugees," pointing out the juxtaposition of military personnel escorting the migrants off of the island.
In an effort to curb the negative impact of waves of migrants pouring over the US-Mexico border and finding their way to his state, DeSantis took measures into his own hands by transporting 50 aliens to the affluent New England island, with residents that overwhelmingly support the Biden administration's liberal immigration policies.
This sign is in Martha's Vineyard. Note that they "Stand with immigrants, with refugees," etc.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 15, 2022
What happened to their solidarity? pic.twitter.com/ZoaFGpCzUb
According to Gov. DeSantis’ press team, the two planes of migrants were "part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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