Martha’s Vineyard ‘joins relief efforts’ for migrants by shipping them to military base on Cape Cod


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The idyllic island playground of the rich and famous, Martha’s Vineyard, was washed clean in just 44 hours of what local leaders called a “humanitarian crisis” caused by the arrival of 50 migrants from Florida.

The duty to care for the nationals, mostly Venezuelans, now falls to the beleaguered back of the Massachusetts National Guard on the mainland.

The migrants were shipped by bus and ferry to Cape Cod Friday morning.

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About 55.5% of homes in Martha’s Vineyard are vacation homes — the highest rate nationwide, according to a 2019 report from the National Association of Realtors.

A local resident even urged former President Barack Obama to donate his $12 million Vineyard vacation manse as shelter, according to the New York Post.

But none of these holiday home owners apparently stepped in to offer shelter to unexpected visitors.

A Venezuelan migrant is driven on a bus to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. A group of migrants were flown to the island from Texas earlier this week – and were later moved to a military base on Cape Cod.
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“Operations ended here at 11 a.m.,” an officer with the Duke County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Digital on Friday.

Dukes County includes the six municipalities of Martha’s Vineyard.

The migrants from Martha’s Vineyard were taken by bus Friday morning and boarded an 11 a.m. ferry to mainland Massachusetts, a Duke County Administrative Office official confirmed.

They were moved to Joint Base Cape Cod, a former Air Force base known locally as Otis Air Force Base.

Residents of Martha's Vineyard line up outside St. Andrew's Parish House on September 15, 2022 to donate food to recently arrived migrants.  Two planes of migrants from Venezuela arrived suddenly on Wednesday evening on Martha's Vineyard.  The migrants are now on Cape Cod.

Residents of Martha’s Vineyard line up outside St. Andrew’s Parish House on September 15, 2022 to donate food to recently arrived migrants. Two planes of migrants from Venezuela arrived suddenly on Wednesday evening on Martha’s Vineyard. The migrants are now on Cape Cod.
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The plans call for Governor Charlie Baker to “activate up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as part of this relief effort,” according to a statement from the governor.

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is coordinating the efforts of state and local authorities to ensure access to food, shelter and essential services for these men, women and children,” the statement said.

St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown, a former whaling port with stately white churches and now one of America’s most expensive communities, provided care and shelter for migrants for two nights.

The migrants who arrived at Martha’s Vineyard arrived around 3 p.m. Wednesday, dispatched from Florida by Governor Ron DeSantis.

It was part of his effort to force far-left states far from the border, like Massachusetts, to share the burden of managing the torrent of migrants that flood border states by the tens of thousands each month.

St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown, a former whaling port of stately white churches and now one of America’s most expensive communities, has provided care and shelter for migrants for the past two nights.

On September 15, 2022, students from the AP Spanish class at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School helped deliver food to St Andrew's Episcopal Church.  Two migrant planes arrived suddenly Wednesday evening on Martha's Vineyard.  The students served as translators for the migrants.

On September 15, 2022, students from the AP Spanish class at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School helped deliver food to St Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Two migrant planes arrived suddenly Wednesday evening on Martha’s Vineyard. The students served as translators for the migrants.
(Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Image)

“Vineyard community mobilizes relief efforts for stranded migrants,” boasted the front-page headline of the venerable local newspaper Vineyard Gazette on Friday.

“I am proud to be a part of this church,” congregation musician Charles Rus told Fox News Digital.

But the problem of caring for the 50 migrants was quickly dispatched off the island.

Martha’s Vineyard is a largely white, affluent, isolated enclave with little experience with immigrants other than summer aid.

Foreign-born nannies, usually young women, often find summer work in America caring for the children of the island’s elite.

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According to the 2020 US Census, only 0.5% of the island’s permanent residents were born outside the United States. Nationally, approximately 14% of US residents were born abroad.

Paul Stantel, a tourist from Wisconsin who visited Edgartown, said there was a lot of blame for the crisis.

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“I’m ashamed of our politicians who I think are using this as a pawn to prove their point. We take people who deserve help, need help, and then we use them that way “Stantel said as he sat down. in the shade on a sunny fall day, wearing a Green Bay Packers cap.

“It all starts in Washington when we have two parties that can’t compromise.”


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