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Own it! Wealthy Martha’s Vineyard locals now face pressure to welcome newly arrived Venezuelan migrants into their homes after displaying lawn signs saying ‘we stand with immigrants… all are welcome here’
- Florida Gov. DeSantis sent about 50 migrants to the wealthy island enclave aboard a chartered aircraft
- Many on the island have long displayed signs proclaiming ‘all are welcome here’ – including immigrants
- Now DeSantis supporters joke that those signs will be quickly torn down by local residents
- But officials on they island say they are giving support and shelter to the group in the wake of their arrival
Conservatives have joked that Martha’s Vineyard residents will be tearing down woke yard signs proclaiming that refugees and migrants are welcome after Ron DeSantis flew 50 of them to the wealthy island.
Right-wing commenters believe many residents of the ritzy enclave will be tearing down the popular signs for fear of being asked to put their money where their mouths are, and take in some of the mainly-Venezuelan incomers.
‘Whole lotta Martha’s Vineyard residents about to take down the ‘all are welcome here’ lawn signs sitting in front of their mansions,’ joked Andrew Wagner, a GOP operative in Minnesota, in a tweet.
He was referring to a poster created by a Jewish community group in the town in 2017.
It lists support for black people, the LGBTQ community, migrants, refugees, indigenous people and adds: ‘All are welcome here.’ Other, more generic, versions of the same sign have also popped-up in backyards across the US in recent years.
Many Martha’s Vineyard residents have flocked to help relief efforts at a local Episcopalian church, and made donations – but onlookers are keen to see just how far their charity will stretch.
The move by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to send the planeload of unauthorized immigrants, mostly from Venezuela, to the island on Wednesday came as a surprise in the affluent community – where prominent liberals such as the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey and Larry David all have homes.
But supporters of DeSantis pointed out that for years, many homes and businesses on the island have displayed a sign with various inclusive messages, including ‘we stand with immigrants’ and ‘all are welcome here.’
‘I wonder how quickly those ‘All are welcome here’ signs disappeared from the various Martha’s Vineyard properties?’ one Twitter user joked.
For several years, many businesses and homes in Martha’s Vineyard have displayed the above sign with various inclusive messages, including welcoming immigrants
The migrant group, mostly from Venezuela, is seen on Thursday morning at St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown, which provided emergency shelter by setting up cots in the parish hall
Officials on Martha’s Vineyard have slammed the airlift as a ‘cruel and inhumane’ stunt that uses human beings as ‘political pawns’ — but insist that they are welcoming the migrant group with open arms.
‘This is a community rallying to support immigrants children and families. It is the best of America,’ tweeted state Rep. Dylan Fernandes on Thursday morning.
Following their arrival on Wednesday, the migrants stayed overnight at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown, which provided emergency shelter by clearing out the parish hall and setting up cots.
On Thursday morning, they enjoyed a breakfast of cereal and milk on the
The small downtown parish is located on a quiet tree-lined street and nestled between multi-million homes, with one five-bedroom house next door currently listed for sale at $3.95 million, and another sold last year for $4.6 million.
St. Andrew’s is also just over three miles away from the Obama family’s $11.75 million vacation compound, which is situated on the coastal outskirts of Edgartown.
Martha’s Vineyard residents and local officials have been quick to voice outrage at DeSantis and other GOP governors for their migrant transplant programs, with Fernandes calling the move ‘evil and inhumane’.
‘Republicans who call themselves Christians have been plotting for some time to use human lives – men, women, and children – as a political pawns,’ he said in a tweet.
‘They look at us as rich, liberal enclaves,’ said the Democrat, whose district includes all of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, in remarks to the Boston Globe.
Migrants take breakfast at the rectory of St. Andrew’s on Thursday. ‘This is a community rallying to support immigrants children and families,’ tweeted state Rep. Dylan Fernandes
Air mattresses were also set up at St. Andrews as the church converted to an emergency shelter. It’s unclear how long the migrants will remain on the island
The migrants spent Wednesday night at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, which provided cots and food. Rep. Fernandes said of the migrants: ‘Some of them were told lies…they were told they would receive housing and jobs immediately upon arrival’
Immigrants gather with their belongings outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, a small parish in Edgartown
The church (center) is nestled between multi-million homes, with one house next door (right) sold last year for $4.6 million, and another (not pictured) currently listed for sale at $3.95 million. It is also about three miles from the Obama compound
The migrants were first fed in the cafeteria at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (above) before being transported to the church for shelter
School buses were used to get the group of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, to the church that provided shelter
‘Our island jumped into action putting together 50 beds, giving everyone a good meal, providing a play area for the children, making sure people have the healthcare and support they need,’ Fernandes added in a tweet. ‘We are a community that comes together to support immigrants.’
It follows similar moves from other GOP governors. Texas Governor Greg Abbott began busing thousands of migrants to Washington in April and recently added New York and Chicago as destinations.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has been busing migrants to Washington since May. The states say that passengers must sign waivers that the free trips are voluntary.
In Massachusetts, pictures published by the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette and the Martha’s Vineyard Times showed the migrants in the affluent community, where they were first fed in the cafeteria at the local high school before being transported to the church for shelter.
In a statement, DeSantis’ office said: ‘Yes, Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.’
The remarks continued: ‘States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies.’
Both of the planes were carrying around 50 Venezuelan migrants
Cyr later told the Vineyard Gazette: ‘Just like the reverse freedom rides in the 1960s, this endeavor is a cruel ruse that is manipulating families who are seeking a better life’
A woman, who is part of a group of immigrants that had just arrived, holds a child as they are fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Martha’s Vineyard
The press release went on: ‘As you may know, in this past legislative session the Florida Legislature appropriated $12 million to implement a program to facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants from this state consistent with federal law.’
The name of the charter that brought the migrants to the millionaires playground was Ultra Air Charters, reports the Martha’s Vineyard Times.
At least one member of the migrants told the newspaper that he didn’t know where he was.
Town administrator Jennifer Rand was quoted by the newspaper as saying that she heard ‘Texas, Florida and Alabama have begun flying planes with immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and dropping them off and leaving.’
On Wednesday evening, Fox News aired footage apparently showing the migrants arriving in the town. The footage was played during a segment on Jesse Watters Primetime where former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a guest.
Pompeo joked about how the town’s wealthy liberals might react to the migrants saying: ‘These are all sanctuary cities until they’re in their sanctuary. I doubt they will embrace them.’
Fox news aired video showing the planes arriving on Martha’s Vineyard on September 14
Town administrator Jennifer Rand was quoted by the newspaper as saying that she heard ‘Texas, Florida and Alabama have begun flying planes with immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and dropping them off and leaving’
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joked on Fox News about how the town’s wealthy liberals might react to the migrants saying: ‘These are all sanctuary cities until they’re in their sanctuary. I doubt they will embrace them’
One immigrant told the Vineyard Gazette: ‘We’re immigrants. We came here because of the situation in our country, for the economy, for work, for lots of things. I came here walking’
Eliase, an immigrant from Venezuela, told the Vineyard Gazette: ‘We’re immigrants. We came here because of the situation in our country, for the economy, for work, for lots of things. I came here walking. We went through 10 different countries until we got to Texas.’
He added: ‘There a refugee association put us in a plane and told us there would be work and housing here. I feel good, despite everything. We spent four days in Texas so it’s good to be here.’
Online flight records show that two planes left San Antonio, Texas, on the morning of September 14, stopped in Florida, before landing in Martha’s Vineyard.
State Senator Julian Cyr tweeted on Wednesday’s night: ‘Developing situation on #MarthasVineyard where migrants arrived via charter flight from TX this afternoon. Islanders working hard to provide food + shelter.’
Cyr later told the Vineyard Gazette: ‘Just like the reverse freedom rides in the 1960s, this endeavor is a cruel ruse that is manipulating families who are seeking a better life.’
The state lawmaker was referring to a ploy used in the civil rights era by Southern segregationists, who would falsely promise black families houses and jobs in the north, and drop them off in a wealthy Northern enclave, frequently near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
The Democratic Senator also said: ‘No one should be capitalizing on the difficult circumstances that these families are in and contorting that for the purposes of a ‘gotcha’ moment.’
At the time of writing, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker has not commented publicly on the move.
According to Cyr, the governor has activated state emergency management resources and Congressman Bill Keating is liaising with the Department of Homeland Security. The legal status of the migrants is not clear.
State Senator Julian Cyr tweeted on Wednesday’s night: ‘Developing situation on #MarthasVineyard where migrants arrived via charter flight from TX this afternoon. Islanders working hard to provide food + shelter’
The Democratic Senator also said: ‘No one should be capitalizing on the difficult circumstances that these families are in and contorting that for the purposes of a ‘gotcha’ moment’
At the time of writing, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker has not commented publicly on the move
Online flight records show that two planes left San Antonio, Texas, on the morning of September 14, stopped in Florida, before landing in Martha’s Vineyard
Cyr’s statements were echoed by State Rep. Dylan Fernandes who told the Gazette: ‘Some of them were told lies…they were told they would receive housing and jobs immediately upon arrival.’
The group is made up of mainly adult men and women who are ages 25 to 35. There are some children in the party who was between 10 and 12.
In December 2021, when DeSantis asked for millions of dollars in his state’s budget to be made available for the removal of illegal immigrants, he said: ‘If you sent them to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard or some of these places, that border would be secure the next day.’
The budget was ratified with $12 million being released for the purpose of transporting migrants out of the state.
That video was confirmed as authentic by Geoff Freeman, the airport director of Martha’s Vineyard Airport, according to the MV Times.
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and first lady Michelle Obama shake hands with people before going to lunch at Nancy’s Restaurant while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard in 2010
The MV Times went on to report that sources say that the plane originated in Texas and that whoever was behind the flight, gave some of the migrants cell phones equipped with a translator app.
Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden met the group outside of the town’s community services center. He told the migrants: ‘We’re going to take care of you. Get all your personal belongings together and then we’ll move.’
The sheriff continued: ‘Does everyone have their personal belongings? We’re going to start moving you that way… The most important thing is we get you food and shelter and water.’
The group was sheltered at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. They were fed dinner from a local pizza shop and coffee from a coffee shop known as Mocha Motts.