A mother and child spent some time outside the St. Andrew’s Parrish House where migrants were being fed lunch with donated food from the community.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his decision to fly dozens of migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
Over the weekend, he suggested that those migrants “hit the jackpot” by landing in Massachusetts.
But immigration experts say that language is dehumanizing and dangerous.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to praise his own politicking after flying dozens of migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week, but immigration experts say the stunt was dehumanizing to the migrants at the center of the controversy and minimized the oft-harrowing journeys endured by asylum-seekers.
DeSantis in the last week has faced criticism and compliments for the decision, in which Florida chartered two planes to fly about 50 undocumented migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to the Massachusetts island.
The GOP lawmaker’s office later clarified that the move was part of Florida’s “relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations” — the most recent effort by GOP leaders to highlight what they call a crisis at the US Southern border.
Immigration advocates have uniformly rebuked the stunt, accusing DeSantis of prioritizing politics — and specifically, his aims for higher office — over the real lives of the Venezuelan and Colombian migrants caught in the crossfire.
“We all know this is sheer political theater,” Vicki Gaubeca, director of Southern Border Communities Coalition, told Insider. “Florida is not on the US-Mexico border, so the migrants were transported to Martha’s Vineyard from Texas on Floridians’ dime.”
She added that, instead of “caring about human beings fleeing political or economical disasters and providing a humane, orderly solution,” DeSantis, along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, “chose to lay bare their cruelty, add another layer of suffering and make the problem worse.”
During a weekend speech at a Republican rally in Wisconsin, DeSantis doubled down on the move, saying that the migrants he sent to Martha’s Vineyard had “hit the jackpot to be in the wealthiest sanctuary jurisdiction in the world.”
It’s carefully-chosen language on DeSantis’ part but doesn’t represent the reality for most migrants, according to immigration experts.
“Migrants being transported under false pretenses, away from their intended home communities, with the families and friends willing to receive them, to an island with no immigration courts or ICE …read more
Source:: Business Insider