Some of the migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard this week said they were grateful to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, calling his move to transfer them to the posh seaside community “a stroke of good luck,” according to reports.
On Wednesday, 50 migrants from South America were flown by the Florida state government to the summer resort community, where former President Obama has a lavish mansion. They were taken to a nearby military base Friday where many received medical attention and cell phones to contact immigration lawyers and family members in the US, according to reports.
“Migrants are actually thanking Gov. Ron DeSantis for having brought them to Martha’s Vineyard,” said a report from MSNBC.
Immigration activists and Democratic politicians have accused DeSantis of engaging in a political stunt by sending the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, with President Biden accusing him of “playing politics with people’s lives.”
But some migrants expressed gratitude that they were able to obtain medical care, and were not crowded into facilities in Texas or other border states, which have lately been overwhelmed with arrivals from Central and South America.
“After you’ve traveled from Venezuela to the US southern border, by foot, train or bus, risked being assaulted, exploited, or worse by coyotes and bandits, only to end up in a dusty border town that doesn’t have enough medical or educational services or other resources, it is likely even a temporary shelter at Joint Base Cape Cod looks pretty good!” said an article in The National Review Saturday.
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