Residents of Martha’s Vineyard pleaded for mass immigration until migrant flights arrive: ‘They need to move’

Martha’s Vineyard business owners have spent years begging for mass immigration to the United States in hopes of filling summer jobs with foreign workers.

When 50 illegal aliens were airlifted to the elite coastal island, home to the country’s wealthiest and most connected people, authorities declared a ‘humanitarian crisis’ and Governor Charlie Baker (right) quickly deported the new arrivals to an army base on Cape Cod. .

The reaction to just 0.001% of the country’s border crisis coming to Martha’s Vineyard residents’ doorsteps comes after business owners spent years pleading with the federal government to import more foreign workers so they can occupy jobs.

“At some point they have to move from here to another place. We don’t have the services to take care of 50 immigrants,” said an official when the immigrants arrived. “We certainly don’t have accommodation. We are in a housing crisis like we are on this island, so we cannot house everyone here who lives here and works here. We do not have accommodation for 50 more people.

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In September 2018, a Martha’s Vineyard business owner complained to the New York Times that he lost Jamaican workers and had to clean the toilets himself:

This summer, he found himself on all fours cleaning toilets and bathtubs at Edgartown Commons, a hotel he manages in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Five Jamaican workers who had worked at the property for a long time were not granted H2-B seasonal work visas.

“I’m 65, but you have to do what you have to do,” he said. “We’ve hired contractors, but it’ll never be as good as people with years of experience.”

In August 2017, a Martha’s Vineyard owner admitted the wall street journal that he prefers to hire foreign workers rather than local high school students:

Murdick’s manager Mike McCourt says he knows it’s against the rules, but “it’s just kind of the nature of the game here on the island.” I can’t really defend myself except that it really fills a need.

He says he prefers H-2B workers to college students, who return to school before the summer season ends, and high schoolers, who he says don’t work as hard. American teenagers, he says, “know that you need them more than they need you.”

The Washington Post published a similar story in August 2016, proclaiming that foreign workers, not Americans, are driving the economy of Martha’s Vineyard:

On Martha’s Vineyard, they make the beds, mix the fudge and wash the dishes. “This is the job Americans don’t want” [21-year-old Romanian visa worker Timofti] said Flaviu. “We’ll do the lifting, take the overtime – anything to make the trip worthwhile.” It’s a common catch among the students here. And privately, many local employers agree: “We certainly don’t see our compatriots doing so much overtime,” said one.

In May 2018, Martha’s Vineyard business owners said they needed more foreign workers to fill open and unfilled summer jobs:

“It’s a crisis” [retail store owner] said Madame Tiernan. “I had to work full time on the floor, along with our other two owners, to keep the store open.”

Wineries, like Ms. Tiernan’s, depend on foreign seasonal workers to staff their stores during the busy summer months. These workers come to the Vineyard either on J-1 student visas, which the United States issues to nonimmigrant students to promote cultural exchange, or on H-2B visas. H-2B visas are part of a nonimmigrant program that allows U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign workers.

Other business owners on the island said the same a few months earlier, telling the Vineyard Gazette:

“I’ve never encountered this,” said Rob Hurst, general manager of Edgartown Commons, an efficient 35-unit hotel that employs 10 to 11 people each summer. Five are housekeepers who typically work on H-2B visas. This year, the hotel has received no approval for those visas, leaving Mr. Hurst scrambling to find workers as peak season approaches.

“We will need a different plan. Otherwise we cannot serve our customers and we would not be able to open,” he said.

Rather than giving jobs to illegal aliens, some officials said the island could not accommodate newcomers and lacked infrastructure. A Breitbart News analysis, however, shows that Martha’s Vineyard could be home to up to six million cross-border commuters and illegal aliens.

Martha’s Vineyard could see an influx of illegal immigrants, and therefore foreign workers, if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) follows through on his promise to transport more illegal aliens to the island.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here.


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