The Martha’s Vineyard Times is reporting on the response by officials to deal with all the illegals that were dropped off today by DeSantis, and they are clearly frantic.
Just after 5 pm Wednesday, outside Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden gathered the refugees and spoke to them.
“We’re going to take care of you,” Ogden said and his words were translated to the gathered crowd. “Get all your personal belongings together and then we’ll move. Does everyone have their personal belongings? We’re going to start moving you that way.”
The group was brought to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School where they were given snacks and shelter. Some children played outside using hula hoops.
“The most important thing is we get you food and shelter and water,” Ogden told them.
Later, the group was taken by school bus to St. Andrews Church where they will get a dinner of pizza from Edgartown Pizza and spend the night. A short time later folks from Mocha Motts arrived on the scene and provided coffee.
Barbara Rush, representing the church, said the church can accommodate up to 80 people legally. Outside the church, the individuals were given COVID tests before entering the church. At one point, the sprinklers outside the church went off getting some of them wet.
All of them tested negative for the virus.
Oak Bluffs Fire Chief Nelson Wirtz told The Times there have been on reported medical issues.
Speaking through an interpreter, one of the migrants told The Times that they wanted to come to the Island and are seeking employment. Another migrant named Leonel told The Times through an interpreter that he has no idea where he is.
Schools superintendent Richie Smith told The Times the refugees are mostly men and women ranging in age from 25 to 35 years old. He said there are 10 to 12 children who are elementary age.
Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee said that the migrants have been split up between two buildings — single men in one and families in the other. “This is a short-term fix for now and right now we’re working on something more long term,” McNamee said.
Dozens of volunteers are helping out. Two Spanish teachers helped with interpreting, as did members of the staff at MV Community Services, Smith said. There were even some high school kids helping out, he said.
St. Andrews has been set up with inflatable mattresses. He said the organizers will regroup in the morning to determine next steps.
During West Tisbury select board meeting on Wednesday, town administrator Jennifer Rand broke the news to the board about the immigrants that arrived on the Vineyard.
“I just wanted to give you a heads up that there’s a bit of a situation unfolding right now,” Rand said to the board. “Texas, Florida, and Alabama have begun flying planes with immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and dropping them off and leaving.”
Alabama? I think she meant Arizona, LOL.
The Republican governor has issued a statement and thus far he’s not said anything insulting about DeSantis:
A spokesman for Gov. Charlie Baker issued a statement late Wednesday evening. “The Baker-Polito Administration is in touch with local officials regarding the arrival of migrants in Martha’s Vineyard. At this time, short-term shelter services are being provided by local officials, and the Administration will continue to support those efforts.”
A state rep who’s a Democrat arrived in Matha’s Vineyard and called the drop off of illegals “disgusting” and “inhumane”:
State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, arrived on the Island Wednesday evening and visited the church to assess the situation. “It appears that one if not many Republican governors or operatives chartered flights from the south to come and drop undocumented or documented, I’m not sure, immigrants on Martha’s Vineayrd,” he said. “These governors or whoever it is, all they care about is scoring some political points on Tucker Carlson and Fox News and the fact that they are using human lives — women, children, men — as pawns in that and just really abusing these people dropping them off in a place where they don’t know where they are with no food and water just to be able to get in Tucker Carlson and Fox News’s good graces is disgusting. It’s inhumane. These people claim to be Christians? This is about as unChristian a thing as you could be doing. It’s evil.”
Now they know just a tiny bit how border cities and towns feel dealing with Biden’s open border. It’s unwelcome chaos on a much larger scale at the border, and yet these people are freaking out over 50 or more illegals.
I love the fact that Abbott, Ducey and now DeSantis are spreading the pain of illegal immigration to these Democrat areas. They need to know what it’s like and if they won’t come to the border to see it for themselves, then it’s time to bring the border to them.