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Massachusetts lawmakers were tasked with caring for dozens of migrants on Wednesday after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent two planes full of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a luxurious island in Dukes County.
On Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers voiced their criticism online after being forced to act quickly to provide them with shelter, food, blankets and other necessities for the 50 migrants now residing in their state.
Rep. Dylan Fernandes, a local lawmaker who represents Martha’s Vineyard as well as Falmouth, Nantucket and Gosnold, said on social media that he was part of the logistical effort to accommodate the migrants, whom he claimed DeSantis had sent “to earn cheap political points.”
“Arriving at Martha’s Vineyard right now. An island that welcomes immigrants and is stronger and more vibrant because of them,” he wrote in a series of tweets.
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“Currently immigrants are being dropped off at Martha’s Vineyard by charter flights from Texas,” he said in another tweet. “Many don’t know where they are. They say they were told they would be given housing and jobs. The islanders were given no notice but are coming together as a community to support them.”
In another tweet, Fernandes described the landing of migrants as “evil and inhumane” and accused Republicans of using human lives “as political pawns”.
The representative also shared a selfie with some of the migrants, captioning the photo with a heart and the American and Venezuelan flags.
“Our island has sprang into action by bringing together 50 beds, giving everyone a good meal, providing a play area for the kids, making sure people have the healthcare and support they need. need,” Fernandes tweeted. “We are a community that comes together to support immigrants.”
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He added: “These immigrants were not welcomed with chaos, they were welcomed with compassion. We are a community and a nation that are stronger because of immigrants. The community coming together with water, food, interpretation assistance and resources to support these families represent the best of America.”
Massachusetts State Senator Julian Cyr, who represents Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket, also tweeted about the migrant delivery, calling it a “developing situation.”
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s office confirmed to Fox News Digital that it was aware of the situation and that local lawmakers had provided short-term shelter for the migrants.
“The Baker-Polito administration is in contact with local officials regarding the arrival of migrants at Martha’s Vineyard,” said Terry MacCormack, Baker’s press secretary. “At this time, short-term accommodation services are being provided by local officials, and the administration will continue to support these efforts.”
DeSantis has repeatedly accused Democrats of enticing migrants to cross the US-Mexico border, which continues to see record crossings.
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The governor of Florida has since promised to transport illegal immigrants to progressive states, which now include New England State in addition to Washington DC, Delaware and New York.
Fox News Digital previously reported that DeSantis is using $12 million from the Florida budget approved by the state legislature to relocate illegal immigrants from his state.
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.