The Dukes County Emergency Management Association posted on Twitter Wednesday night, “Due to an unexpected urgent #humanitarian situation, #DCEMA are opening #Emergency #Shelters tonight on #MarthasVineyard. If you’re willing & able to volunteer in a clinical or non-clinical role, contact @DukesOffice at 508-684-8015 #VolunteersNeeded #HumanitarianAid #DukesCounty”
According to a local CBS affiliate, “Emergency shelters are being set up on Martha's Vineyard after just 50 migrants landed on the island unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon.”
Video footage showed migrants deplaning and being loaded onto buses.
According to Gov. DeSantis’ press team, the two planes were "part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations."
In a statement, DeSantis' office said, "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."
Florida previously set aside $12 million to "implement a program to facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants from this state consistent with federal law."
DeSantis’ office said that the program "targets both human smugglers found in Florida and preempts others from entering."
In April, DeSantis identified both Martha's Vineyard and Wilmington, Delaware, Biden's home state, as potential destinations for illegal aliens who cross the border into Florida. His office added at the time that illegal aliens could be sent "to other 'progressive' states whose governors endorse blatant violations of federal immigration law."
"It is not the responsibility of Floridians to subsidize aliens to reside in our state unlawfully; we did not consent to Biden’s open-borders agenda," the governor’s office said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey have been sending busloads of illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities across the US, including Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.
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