Martha’s Vineyard: Why dozens of migrants were flown to a wealthy holiday island in the US | SBS News
They had been put on flights from Texas which the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, says he chartered.
“Families will not be separated,” the statement said, noting that the base had previously served as an emergency shelter and that the migrants would have access to care and legal services.
Volunteers helped to serve food to the recently arrived migrants on Martha’s Vineyard. Source: Getty / Boston Globe
According to local media, the migrants were on their way to the base by midday Friday.
Some of them had said they had not known they were being sent to an island.
The White House on Friday again slammed the Republican governors’ tactics towards people who have fled the socialist regime in Venezuela.
Martha’s Vineyard resident Jeff Whipple (centre) was among those to welcome the migrants to the island. Source: Getty / The Washington Post
“These were children. They were mums. They were fleeing communism. And what did Governor DeSantis and Governor Abbott do to them? They use them as political pawns, treating them like chattel in a cruel, premeditated political stunt,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.
“By the way, they already bussed them out. They said, ‘We want everyone. No one’s illegal.’ And they’re gone within 48 hours,” he said.
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