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By EMMA JAMES
Illegal immigrants who were flown in unannounced to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday are now being moved to a military base in Cape Cod.
The 50 migrants have been put on buses by Gov. Charlie Baker to travel the 32 miles to Joint Base in Cape Cod (JBCC) just 48 hours after they landed in the billionaire’s enclave.
It was declared a humanitarian emergency, with the island leaders responding in the same way as a hurricane.
On Friday morning three buses pulled up outside of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown to take the mostly Venezuelan migrants on the first leg of their journey to the ferry.
They will be travelling from the elite island of billionaires with holiday mansions – including multi-million homes owned by the Obama’s and Oprah – to the military base on the mainland, escorted by police.
Lisa Belcastro, a homelessness director in the area said on Thursday that the island cannot support the migrants – where the median home price is nearly $1m- because it is facing a shortage of affordable housing.
The median house in Martha’s Vineyard is worth almost $800,000, according to the census, and the median household income is $77,370 – well above the national average of $67,521.
She told reporters that at ‘some point they have to move somewhere else’, because the island is suffering from a ‘housing crisis’.
The JBCC joint-use base home to five military commands training for missions at home and overseas, conducting airborne search and rescue missions, and intelligence command and control.
A busload of Venezuelan migrants who were flown to the Vineyard by the state of Florida are now on the mainland after a ferry ride – they’re headed to Joint base cape cod for temporary housing. pic.twitter.com/2lQNZn6Lfg
— Jonathan Hall (@JHall7news) September 16, 2022
Baker said in a statement: ‘JBCC is a facility already designated by MEMA as an emergency shelter in Barnstable County, and its existing infrastructure provides a safe temporary accommodation appropriate for the needs of families and individuals.
‘Additionally, the facility can provide dedicated space for access to legal services and other essential services such as basic healthcare.’
He confirmed that the migrants will be living in ‘dormitory-style spaces’ at the base, and families will not be separated.
Baker added that it has previously been used as a shelter for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina, and was home to a field hospital when the COVID pandemic started.
He is also activating 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to help with the relief efforts, with police escorting the buses to the ferry port on the island Friday morning.
According to Baker, Martha’s Vineyard, with a population of 15,000, is ‘not equipped to provide sustainable accommodation’ to the migrants.
They were all ordered to get on buses for the hour and a half trip from the island to Cape Cod.
Jhorman Cuicas, one of the migrants, told The MV Times he wished that he could stay.
Senator Susan Moran said: ‘Using vulnerable populations as pawns in a political game is heinous; this we can agree on regardless of political party.
‘I have been meeting with local and state agencies over the last 24 hours to ensure we are doing everything we can tosupport both the immigrants and the local officials who are on the front lines of responding to their needs.
‘This morning it was announced that the men, women and children who recently arrived from Venezuela will be moved temporarily to Joint Base Cape Cod where w can better address these challenges.
‘In Massachusetts, we treat all people with dignity and respect.’
The move comes after DeSantis accused critics of his move to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard of ‘virtue signaling’, saying their concern for the welfare of the migrants was a ‘fraud’.
He said: ‘The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, they go berserk, and they’re so upset that this is happening.’
State Senator Julian Cyr, a Massachusetts Democrat representing Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, admitted that they had implemented emergency hurricane plans in response to the new arrivals.
Nearly 1,000 migrants have been released to sleep on the streets Texas border town of El Paso amid a surge of illegal crossings that is overwhelming Border Patrol facilities.
It comes after the residents of the wealthy island were left reeling, with locals and officials quick to voice their outrage at the move.
But now they have been criticised for being ‘unable to handle’ the 50 migrants in their affluent home town for less than two days.
St. Andrew’s is also just over three miles away from the Obama family’s $11.75 million vacation compound, which is situated on the coastal outskirts of Edgartown.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joked about how the town’s wealthy liberals might react to the migrants saying: ‘These are all sanctuary cities until they’re in their sanctuary. I doubt they will embrace them.’
Florida Gov DeSantis is now upping the escalating immigration war again in Democrat-run areas by threatening to fly illegal migrants to President Biden’s home state of Delaware.
Republicans have stepped up their attacks on the Biden administration as they try to make immigration the theme of November’s midterm elections.
Lt. Gov Jeanette Nunez has also declared that DeSantis’ administration is planning to send any illegal migrants from Florida to Delaware.
It comes after Gov Greg Abbott sent 101 of illegal migrants outside of VP Kalama Harris’ home in Washington DC yesterday – just days after she declared that the border was ‘secure’.
Harris declared on Sunday that the border is ‘secure’ in an interview and has now found herself in the midst of an attack by Gov Greg Abbott against Democrat immigration rules.
She yesterday refused to answer questions about the sensational escalation, as Abbott continues his campaign against so called ‘sanctuary cities’.
One unidentified man filmed outside the Naval Observatory on Thursday told Fox News: ‘The border is open, not closed. Everybody believes that the border is open.
‘It is open because we enter. We come in free, no problem. We came illegally, not legally.’
Keith Chatinover, a Democrat county commissioner for the area, made comments previously that he would ‘love’ to make the area a ‘haven’ for immigrants.
His comments came in response to Sen Ted Cruz’s pushing a bill for Democrat-led areas to become post of entry for processing migrants.
But he now appears unhappy at having his wish granted, and has retweeted attacks against the Florida governor of being a fascist and human trafficker for sending migrants to the billionaires’ enclave.
He told the MVTimes in October 2021: ‘I would love Martha’s Vineyard to become a haven for new immigrants to this country, but Senator Cruz has no idea what he’s talking about regarding a ‘border crisis.’
But now he is being called out for the comments, after branding DeSantis a ‘fascist’ for escalating the immigration war with Democrat-run areas.
Cruz tweeted that he was ‘confused’ over Chatinover slamming DeSantis for flying the illegal immigrants into the area.
Chatinover tweeted that he does ‘support refugee resettlement’ but has an issue when they are not given ‘advance notice’ to ‘adequately help’ the migrants.
He added that the chaos of the situation for the Republicans to ‘prove a point’ was a ‘blatant disregard’ for human rights.
Chatinover retweeted someone else who called DeSantis ‘fascist scum’ who said he should be ‘prosecuted for human trafficking.’