Martha’s Vineyard merchant says there’s a ‘process’ for coming to America, ‘follow that’

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OAK BLUFFS, Mass. – At least one person in this oasis of leftist elites blames federal officials for the illegal immigration crisis that thrust Martha’s Vineyard into the national spotlight.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis airlifted 50 migrants Wednesday to Massachusetts Island, which has one of the wealthiest and most left-leaning electoral blocs in the country.

“I think it was a political stunt,” Rhode Island’s Paul Sinclair told Fox News Digital on Saturday as he sold t-shirts and surf gear at a street festival on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, one of the malls in Martha’s Vineyard. .

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“But like any problem, if you want to solve a problem, make it visible. And I think (the problem) has been made visible.”

The phrase “political stunt” has been used on the island and elsewhere in left-wing political circles to criticize DeSantis.

Paul Sinclair, a salesman at Martha Vineyard in Rhode Island, told Fox News Digital that he hopes the arrival of 50 migrants to the resort island on Wednesday, September 14, will draw attention to the need to follow the process. of legal immigration.
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Sinclair saw the “cascade” as a way to get voters in the Northeast to pay attention to the burden that small frontier communities in the American Southwest face daily.

“As for coming (to America), I have no problem with that,” Sinclair said. “But there is a process. There is a path you have to follow. Follow it. Document it, the process and the procedure to come.”

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Martha’s Vineyard is located just south of Cape Cod, about 2,200 miles northeast of the nearest border crossing with Mexico.

The island, made up of six different affluent coastal towns, is about as far from the border physically and politically as any place in the lower 48 states.

Edgartown is a former whaling port that has become an exclusive enclave of old, rustic New England homes and inns, including the Chappaquiddick House, overlooking the ocean.  Chappaquiddick is part of Edgartown.

Edgartown is a former whaling port that has become an exclusive enclave of old, rustic New England homes and inns, including the Chappaquiddick House, overlooking the ocean. Chappaquiddick is part of Edgartown.
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The migrants, mostly from Venezuela, were taken to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the exclusive Edgartown neighborhood, where church members gathered to find shelter and food for unexpected new arrivals during two nights.

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Voters in the six communities of Martha’s Vineyard chose Biden and his policies nearly 4 to 1 over Trump in the 2020 election.

Martha's Vineyard, MA - September 15: Students in the AP Spanish class at Marthas Vineyard Regional High School help deliver food to St Andrews Episcopal Church.  Two migrant planes from Venezuela suddenly arrived on Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday evening.  The students served as translators for the migrants.

Martha’s Vineyard, MA – September 15: Students in the AP Spanish class at Marthas Vineyard Regional High School help deliver food to St Andrews Episcopal Church. Two migrant planes from Venezuela suddenly arrived on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday evening. The students served as translators for the migrants.
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But when the migrants arrived on their island this week, they were quickly dispatched by bus and ferry to a military base on Cape Cod, on the Massachusetts mainland, about 44 hours after arrival.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called in National Guard forces to help move migrants to the mainland, while islanders spoke of a lack of resources on the island.

Many have lamented the “housing crisis” on Martha’s Vineyard, even though more than half of the homes on the island are second or vacation homes and most of their owners have left for the season.

“The (islanders) could have done a little more,” said Sinclair, who later revealed he was originally from Texas.

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“But like most things, it’s throwing it over the fence, I guess, and making it someone else’s problem.”

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