This morning, I read an article shared by the Military Times about the asylum seeking migrants who were basically kidnapped from Texas by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, routed through Florida, and dumped on Martha’s Vineyard. They have been moved to Joint Base Cape Cod, where they are receiving temporary housing and other humanitarian assistance.
Naturally, this move had to be done, as Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t have the facilities to take care of migrants. In fact, I recently read an article about how even locals can’t find affordable year round housing there. That’s right– doctors, nurses, teachers, even the lady who runs the food bank, are all struggling with finding a place to live. So, of course Martha’s Vineyard can’t accommodate a group of fifty migrants who need social services. I’ve run out of gift articles this month, but here’s part of the Washington Post article I read last week about the housing crisis on the island.
This is the part of Martha’s Vineyard most people never see. An island known for its opulence and natural beauty, a playground for presidents and celebrities, it is kept afloat by workers for whom America’s housing crisis is not an eventuality. It’s here.
Even before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) this week made a political statement by sending two planes full of asylum seekers to the summer haven, the dearth of affordable housing on the Vineyard had pushed its year-round community to a breaking point.
Schools have struggled to staff classrooms. Indigenous people whose families have lived on the island for centuries have been forced to leave their homeland. Firefighters and government workers can’t afford to stay in the communities they serve. People juggling two, three, even four service-industry jobs say they live each month knowing they are one rent hike away from moving into their cars or tents or onto a friend’s couch.
Considering that not even the locals can secure housing, how does anyone expect fifty migrants to be accommodated on Martha’s Vineyard? Even if DeSantis just wanted to prove a point, why couldn’t he send these folks to a place where burgers don’t sell for $26 each? One migrant said that $26 was about what he made in a month in Venezuela. I’ll bet a lot of the idiots hanging out on Military Times have no clue how very little people get paid in other places around the world.
There are also logistical considerations to keeping the migrants on Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard is a small island, and can only be accessed by boat or airplane. Space is at a premium because– IT’S A 96 SQUARE MILE ISLAND! There’s only so much space on an island. There’s nowhere to erect accommodations for people who need assistance. Again, even people who work on Martha’s Vineyard are renting housing by the week, and some are seeing their rents double within that time frame. And we’re not talking about rents that are a few hundred bucks. According to the article I linked, one nurse saw her rent go from $3000 to $6000 a month. This was for a one bedroom apartment!
So yes, of course, the migrants had to be moved elsewhere. But try to tell that to the MAGA idiots commenting on the Military Times article about this. Below is a sampling of what they had to say about the migrants being moved…
Are these people insane? Do they not read at all? Do they have a functioning brain cell among themselves? Obviously they do watch Fox News, don’t they? Because this is the kind of bullshit I’ve heard from that network. What Ron DeSantis did was absolutely criminal, by the way, and I hope he gets his ass handed to him for doing it. He had no right to use these asylum seekers to promote his own political bullshit. It was totally inhumane– basically trafficking people who are already in need of help so that he can further his own political ambitions. I am so SICK and tired of reading and hearing about these politicians who use the disenfranchised to further their own agendas.
I think it’s sad that people commenting on the Military Times article– some of whom probably have some experience with needing help and being poor– are cheering on what Ron DeSantis did with these human beings who are simply looking for a better, safer life for themselves. Moreover, what right did DeSantis have, taking these migrants from Texas, anyway? DeSantis and his minions say that the people were taken in an attempt to get them to “sanctuary destinations”. However, the victims and their representatives have said that they were lured to Martha’s Vineyard under false pretenses. In other words, they were LIED to and USED, just so Ron DeSantis can appeal to heartless conservatives who have little empathy and even less education. According to the Military Times:
The migrants were allegedly promised that after being flown to Martha’s Vineyard, a wealthy vacation spot for many New York and Boston elite, they would be taken to Boston, Julio Henriquez, an attorney who met with several migrants, told the Associated Press.
“They had no idea of where they were going or where they were,” he said.
Henriquez said that after the migrants’ initial arrival at a city-run shelter in San Antonio, a woman approached them and moved them into a nearby La Quinta Inn, where she reportedly made daily food runs. She allegedly promised the migrants jobs and three months of housing in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and Boston.
Many of the migrants are asylum-seekers, having fled the authoritarian regime in Venezuela, and while asylum seekers in the U.S. have limited rights compared to full citizens, the U.S. Constitution does protect them from improper treatment by the government and from discrimination based on race or national origin.
Seems to me that a decent person wanting to send migrants to a “sanctuary destination” would do so with the migrants’ well-being in mind. You don’t want so many of them in the border states? Okay, then broker a deal to share the burden with other states, particularly the ones who are open to helping them. You don’t just round them up and dump them in a place that clearly can’t accommodate them!
For all of the snarking and laughing going on about this stunt, I do want to state that everything I’ve read indicates that Martha’s Vineyard officials and activists treated the migrants decently and offered what assistance they could before relocating them. I even read that some of the locals bonded with the migrants and were left forever changed by the 44 hour encounter before more appropriate help could be arranged for them. So kudos to the locals for that. And shame on the MAGA morons for not taking the time to understand why the migrants had to be relocated to more suitable locations. I’m glad to read that the victims of this crime are SUING Ron DeSantis for pulling this shit. And the sheriff of Bexar County– where I cast my votes– is also looking into criminal charges against DeSantis. I say, LOCK HIM UP… and change his name to Ron DeSadist.
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I am disgusted, but not surprised, by the horrible comments written by “Military Times” readers, many of whom. I’m sure, are veterans from the various uniformed services. These folks, judging from the poor quality of the grammar and spelling, were mostly enlisted personnel. I bet quite a few retired as senior NCOs (my caregiver’s late ex-husband was a master chief petty officer in the Coast Guard and, like Bill, was a civilian employee working for the military. I never met him, but I did see some of his writing online, and he also had the same aggressive tone and bad writing style as the vets who comment on “Military Times.”) but never bothered to improve their writing skills.
What truly worries me is that there are so many veterans who are “true believers” in Donald Trump, white supremacy, anti-immigration movements (which are often tied to white supremacy) and resent liberals and liberalism. And it’s not just enlisted vets, either; Ron DeSantis is a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve (he’s a lieutenant commander [O-4] in the JAG Corps); Michael Flynn, Trump’s first National Security Adviser, is a retired lieutenant general in the Army, and the infamous Steve Bannon is a retired lieutenant (O-3) in the Navy.
It’s scary to see just how many people who swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States are willing to adopt values and political ideologies that are, frankly, the reverse of what America claims it stands for.
Many people are very upset and agitated about immigrants at the border so political stunts like this work. Compassion and common sense is increasingly rare. It certainly doesn’t exist among the MAGAs.
It’s certainly going to help Abbott of Texas and DeSantis of Florida hold on to their jobs as governor; I live in a deeply-red sector of a county that is blue in the county seat (Tampa) but red in the outer fringes. My neighborhood, Fish Hawk (or FishHawk) Ranches, is home to many military personnel who commute to nearby MacDill Air Force Base, and there are also many military retirees, as well as both active duty and retired law enforcement officers, most of whom support Rep. Vern Buchanan (R), a wealthy businessman who, before becoming a member of Congress, was one of the co-founders of American Speedy Printing and created his own car dealership empire in this part of Florida. Thanks to gerrymandering, the 16th District meanders from Sarasota (50 miles to the south) to Bradenton (34 miles to the south) to Lithia and FishHawk. So even when I don’t vote for him, he still wins, mostly because so many vets here are mostly white, mostly Republican, and mostly pro-Trump.
I have a friend who just moved from Tampa. She worked at MacDill.
It’s huge! I’ve only visited two military bases in my entire life: Homestead AFB (before Hurricane Andrew clobbered it 30 years ago) and MacDill. That place is even bigger than Homestead (which I went to on two school field trips as a kiddo and three times to the Open House/Air Show the Air Force hosted once a year), and it is home to two major commands, including Central Command. I only saw the Exchange up close, but it certainly is an impressive base.
Was your friend a civilian contractor for DoD or active-duty military? Just curious.
She is married to a civilian. She worked in the bar. They just moved to Alabama.
Ah, from one red state to another red state! MacDill does look like a cool place to work at if you can get a job there or get lucky enough (if you’re in the military) to get a posting there. The area around the base is rather nice…but hot and humid.
She said they didn’t like it. Her husband is a Navy vet, and she’s from Alabama.