It was rather clear from the outset that Martha’s Vineyard residents did not want the illegal immigrants who were flown into the wealthy enclave to hang around, citing the lack of housing and services to care for 50 people as their reasoning.
And it didn’t take long to have the migrants shipped out — AFTER a flurry of media hits using the illegal immigrants as a backdrop to denounce Republicans as cruel and inhumane.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent two small planes to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday and less than 24 hours later the migrants were being bussed out, heading to Joint Base Cape Cod after local officials declared a humanitarian emergency, according to NBC News.
HAPPENING NOW: Migrants, flown into Martha’s Vineyard by Fl’s governor, are boarding buses. They’ll be heading to Joint Base Cape Cod, according to officials. 125 Mass National Guard members are being activated to assist. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/RLwxNPu8GM
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaNBC) September 16, 2022
It was all billed as one big ol’ lovefest, of course:
Buses have arrived in Edgartown to transport migrants from St. Andrew’s Parish House.
There is one big bus and two shorter buses to transport folks off the island. People with bags are taking selfies and hugging volunteers goodbye pic.twitter.com/wuauiZM4Y3
— Samantha J. Gross (@samanthajgross) September 16, 2022
As for DeSantis, he did not back down from the criticism that even came from President Biden, the man responsible for the southern border being overrun by an invasion of illegal immigrants — the Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that 4.9 million illegal immigrants have crossed into the United States since Biden took office some 20 months ago.
“Republicans are playing politics with human beings, using them as props. What they’re doing is simply wrong, it’s un-American, it’s reckless,” Biden 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,” DeSantis said on Wednesday. “And it just shows you their virtue signaling is a fraud, OK?”
“Now what would be best is for Biden to do his damn job and secure the border,” he added.
On Thursday, two migrant buses from Del Rio, Texas, totaling over 100 illegal immigrants, were sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to Washington, D.C., with the occupants disembarking near Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
The great irony here is that the residence is protected by a fence, as social media users noted:
Well lookie there, a fence. Why on earth would there be a fence??
— Anita Beach (@TheAnitaCox) September 15, 2022
Of course, the left accused DeSantis and Abbott of human trafficking, yet officials on the island appear to be engaging in the same behavior in “deporting” the migrants.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
If it was human trafficking, inhumane, unchristian to send them from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard…isn’t it cruel to now send them to Edgartown? https://t.co/fcMUu66SnE
— Will Cain (@willcain) September 16, 2022
The wealthy elites of Martha’s Vineyard couldn’t handle a very small influx of illegal immigrants for even 24 hours. AMAZING. Amazing. Bused them right out. https://t.co/75iKBESoue
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 16, 2022
So the Dems rejected using the National Guard to protect our Capitol, but use them to deport people they don't want in their neighborhoods?
— Cari Kelemen 2.0 (@CariKelemen) September 16, 2022
How can you just stand there and witness human trafficking?
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) September 16, 2022
Being deported from Martha’s Vineyard by the people of Martha’s Vineyard. Wow. Just wow.
— God help us! 🙏🏻 (@WhenTheHonk) September 16, 2022
Put those buses on loop because while you were having your skinny hazelnut macchiato sugar-free extra shot no-whip this morning, 100’s more arrived at Eagle Pass, TX. https://t.co/0INABBlj7J
— Sarah T (@Sarah6t) September 16, 2022
— Bonnie (@BonBee81) September 16, 2022
“You’ve had your chowder and biscuits. You have played dodgeball with our AP Spanish students. What’s the word? Adios, we think.”
— Magnifico Classic (@MagnificoIX) September 16, 2022
— Amygator 🐊 *not an actual alligator (@AmyA1A) September 16, 2022
Martha’s Vineyard just kicked the 50 illegal immigrants off their island. Gonna have to update their virtue signaling sign. pic.twitter.com/OX4fjqzjsA
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 16, 2022
Meanwhile, the crisis at the border doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon:
NEW: Good morning from Eagle Pass, TX, where we have groups of several hundred migrants crossing illegally in multiple locations right now, including part of this group which started walking along a local highway. We have seen large groups in 3 locations so far today. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/UPJo3pUm9J
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 16, 2022
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