Lawyer says Martha’s Vineyard migrants were asked to give forged documents


Migrants who crossed the U.S. southern border and were then flown by two planes to Martha’s Vineyard were given falsified addresses for ‘random homeless shelters’ for their official documents, an attorney for the state says. Boston immigration.

Rachel Self suggested on Friday that this was done deliberately by Department of Homeland Security officials to make it harder for migrants to stay in the country.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) took credit for organizing and funding the flights, which landed Wednesday afternoon in the affluent island community off the coast of Massachusetts. He aimed to take stock of the increase in migration along the border with Mexico, even though his state does not adjoin the country.

The Miami Herald reported that Self was assisting with migrant cases.

She told reporters that the group of 50 men, women and children – mostly from Venezuela – were treated by DHS agents before leaving San Antonio.

Some of the migrants had specifically told DHS officials that they did not have a U.S. mailing address, Self said.

They were reportedly instructed to notify U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ― the wrong agency ― once they changed their address.

“It’s particularly troubling because anyone with even the most basic understanding of immigration process knows that USCIS was not the agency with which migrants had to register their addresses,” Self said during the interview. of a press conference.

An underage migrant (center) is loaded onto a bus to be transported to Martha’s Vineyard with dozens of other undocumented immigrants on Friday, September 16.

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Some of the migrants told NPR that a woman named Perla said they could expect work papers after being flown to Massachusetts. But no one was expecting them and the group ended up walking about 2 miles to a community center to ask for help, according to Cape Cod Times, a local newspaper.

They were welcomed by the islanders and given shelter, cell phones and other supplies, according to the Washington Post.

The group was voluntarily relocated Friday to a military base on the mainland that is better equipped to house and feed people for weeks, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said.


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