Officials and resource groups in Martha’s Vineyard, the affluent Massachusetts summer resort, are scrambling to line up aid for people who arrived without warning from Colombia and Venezuela on Wednesday, September 14. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking credit for sending the planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard as part of Republican anti-immigration protest among GOP governors, but officials are saying the planes originated in San Antonio.
According to the Vineyard Gazette, 48 people landed “unexpectedly” at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Massachusetts State Sen. Julian Cyr told the local media outlet that the plane originated in San Antonio. Martha’s Vineyard airport employees assumed the flights were chartered planes carrying corporate groups for golf retreats and other events, which are common at this point in the year. It wasn’t until the plane landed that officials realized the arrival was another plot from a Republican governor.