Immigrants land on Martha’s Winery; Florida’s DeSantis takes credit score By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An individual walks within the sand Dunes as heavy surf rolls onto the south shore of Martha’s Winery island in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, U.S., August 22, 2021. John Segar through REUTERS/File Picture

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – A gaggle of immigrants landed on the rich Massachusetts island of Martha’s Winery on Wednesday, a part of a marketing campaign by Republican governors to shift the immigration burden to Democratic areas.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis took credit score for the arrival of two planes of immigrants, one spokeswoman advised Fox Information and a second stated on Twitter (NYSE:), although a Massachusetts state consultant stated immigrants had arrived from Texas.

“Sure, Florida can affirm the 2 planes with unlawful immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Winery in the present day had been a part of the state’s relocation program to move unlawful immigrants to sanctuary locations,” Taryn Fenske, communications director for Governor Ron DeSantis, advised Fox Information Digital.

The web site confirmed video of individuals getting off a airplane and boarding a van. It stated the video depicted the immigrants who had been despatched from Florida.

Border states Texas and Arizona have despatched hundreds of immigrants to cities akin to New York, Chicago and Washington. They are saying Democratic areas ought to take extra immigrants as a result of they’ve inspired immigration by failing to totally implement immigration legal guidelines.

Martha’s Winery is distinct in that it’s a summer season trip vacation spot and farm space with a year-round inhabitants of solely 20,000.

“Martha’s Winery residents needs to be thrilled about this. They vote for sanctuary cities – they get a sanctuary metropolis of their very own. And unlawful aliens will enhance the city’s range, which is power. Proper?,” Christina Pushaw, a spokesperson for DeSantis’ reelection marketing campaign, stated on Twitter.

“Sanctuary cities” refers to states and localities that don’t adjust to the strictest federal immigration insurance policies, together with these put forth beneath former President Donald Trump.

Massachusetts state consultant Dylan Fernandes stated on Twitter that immigrants had arrived with out warning from Texas.

“Presently immigrants are being dropped off on Martha’s Winery by chartered flights from Texas. Many do not know the place they’re. They are saying they had been advised they might be given housing and jobs. Islanders got no discover however are coming collectively as a group to assist them,” Fernandes, a Democrat who represents Martha’s Winery, stated on Twitter.

States can not compel immigrants to maneuver, so their consent is required. Some settle for as a result of the journey takes them nearer to their supposed locations, though a report on on Wednesday stated many Venezuelan and Colombian immigrants who had arrived in Martha’s Winery had been unaware of the place that they had landed.

Final week, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a public emergency over buses of migrants despatched from Texas and Arizona.

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