Media elites are outraged by the 50 migrants airlifted to the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard this week.
The establishment media has published numerous negative opinion pieces over the past few days, calling Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (right) migrant charter flight a ‘shameful stunt’, to ‘stir up ‘anger” profoundly cynical”.
But in reality, passengers on the migrant flight to the elite destination of Martha’s Vineyard represent only a tiny percentage of President Joe Biden’s mass migration since January 2021. For perspective, Del Río, Texas meet 28,000 migrants in a single month of October 2021.
Martha’s Vineyard Democrats are in such upheaval over the 50 migrants that they have called the situation a ‘humanitarian crisis’ and have excluded migrants, while considering legal action.
Farah Stockman, member of the New York Times’ Editorial Board, wrote an article with the title, “Martha’s Vineyard Migrant Stuntman Makes a Truth About This Country Clear”. In the article, she claimed the theft was “part of a not-so-secret Republican plan to stir up anger against Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.”
NBC posted, then deleted, a tweet quoting “a founding member of a foundation that helps refugees” who compared migrants to “trash cans.”
NBC News Just Deleted This Twitter Article In Which They Liken Migrants To ‘Trash Cans’ pic.twitter.com/4zk8D7ktsb
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 16, 2022
A similar theme appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Bob Drogin, a reporter for the paper, wrote an op-ed titled “Ron DeSantis’ cruel political theater falls flat on Martha’s Vineyard”.
“It was cruel, of course,” Drogin said of the migrants sent to the exclusive island. “It was deeply cynical. But the shameful blow made for political theater. Drogin made no mention of the fact that Venezuelan migrants were a tiny percentage of Biden’s mass inward migration.
The editorial board of boston globe, the largest newspaper near Martha’s Vineyard, said DeSantis had been human trafficking — again, without mentioning Biden’s immigration policies. “Trafficking in human lives should have consequences for its Republican perpetrators,” read the headline.
The play continued:
The governor has been threatening for months to send migrants to the island that is former President Barack Obama’s summer home, and the Florida legislature has provided some $12 million to allow him to continue using the migrants as political pawns.
If the point was that states and localities that expressed their values in immigrant sanctuary laws — as Massachusetts did — should be held accountable, should in fact live up to those values, then so be it.
Dr. Jose Rodriguez, a reverend from Orlando, wrote in the Orlando Sentinel that the theft “cruelly attacked our migrant neighbours”. In an article titled “DeSantis Betrayed Florida’s Values of Refuge and Hospitality”, Rodriguez asserted that “Florida politics embraced the idolatry of the era”. He further claimed that the theft violated Florida’s “duty of care to our neighbors”.
He continued with parts of Emma Lazare’s sonnet: “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” …Give me your weary, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched wastes of your teeming shore. Send me these, the homeless, the storms.
Rodriguez made no mention of Biden’s “trafficking” policies or that Massachusetts is a sanctuary jurisdiction. Florida is not.
On Friday, the White House convened a meeting “to discuss a range of pressing immigration issues — including ‘litigation options’ to address” the transportation of migrants to exclusive locations, Axios reported. Later that day, the migrants were expelled from the exclusive island and taken to a military base.
“It’s the kind of tactics we see from smugglers in places like Mexico and Guatemala,” Karine Jean-Pierre claimsreferring to the theft, not the eviction from Martha’s Vineyard.
Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.