The Government of Massachusetts announced this Friday that it will transfer to the Joint Base of Cape Cod (JBCC) fifty migrants sent unexpectedly on Wednesday night by the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
The office of the Governor of Massachusetts, Republican Charlie Baker, reported today that the transfer will be voluntary and thanked the local authorities of Martha’s Vineyard who mobilized to receive the immigrants, including several children.
The government did not detail how the transfer to the base, which is located in the tourist Cape Cod, a cape in the mainland of Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States, will be.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is coordinating efforts between state and local officials to ensure access to food, shelter and essential services for these men, women and children.
Baker also plans to activate up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as part of the assistance.
Republican DeSantis sent two planes carrying migrants, mostly Venezuelans, to Martha’s Vineyard Island in Duke County on Wednesday night, without prior notice to local authorities.
The Dukes County Emergency Management Association said residents and authorities took care of temporary housing for the migrants.
Public Safety Secretary Terrence Reidy said that “while Wednesday’s (migrants’) arrival in Martha’s Vineyard was unexpected, the extraordinary response has not been.”
“The work of so many people at the state and local levels exemplifies the best values of the state, providing safe housing, food and care for people who have had a long and harrowing journey,” he added.
DeSantis has joined the initiative of his Texas counterpart, Gregg Abbot, to send hundreds of migrants to states with Democratic governments, as an expression of his opposition to the immigration policy of the government of President Joe Biden.
This story was originally published on September 16, 2022 10:54 a.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald