Following a tactic by Republican governors to attempt to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration’s failed border policies- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
According to Taryn Fenske, DeSantis’ communications director, flights to the upscale island enclave in Massachusetts were part of an effort to “transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.”
Massachusetts’ Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said he was in touch with local officials and that short-term shelter was being provided.
State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, who represents Martha’s Vineyard, tweeted: “Our island jumped into action putting together 50 beds, giving everyone a good meal, providing a play area for the children, making sure people have the healthcare and support they need. We are a community that comes together to support immigrants.”
It is being said that DeSantis’ strategy DeSantis, is similar to that of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who began busing thousands of migrants to Washington in April and recently added New York and Chicago as destinations. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has been doing the same- busing migrants to Washington since May. Passengers must sign waivers that the free trips are voluntary, and DeSantis is doing exactly the same by using planes and choosing Martha’s Vineyard, whose harbor towns that are home to about 15,000 people are far less prepared than New York or Washington for large influxes of migrants.