San Antonio planes flew migrants to Martha’s Vineyard – mySA

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking credit for sending two flights to Martha's Vineyard carrying people from Colombia and Venezuela. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking credit for sending two flights to Martha’s Vineyard carrying people from Colombia and Venezuela. 

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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.

Previous plans from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have sent planes to Chicago. On Thursday, September 15, Abbott said online that he had sent two buses to Washington, D.C., but his office told the New York Times that Texas was not involved in the Martha’s Vineyard plans. 

NPR also reported the planes originated from San Antonio.

According to flight tracker website, FlightAware, two flights from company Ultimate Jet Charters originated at Kelly Field in San Antonio arrived at Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday at 3:12 p.m. and then at 3:28 p.m

Eliase, a man who came to the U.S. from Venezuela, told the Vineyard Gazette that his journey through Texas involved much walking and that he trekked 10 countries on the way. 

The migrants were told they’d have jobs and housing when they arrived, something Massachusetts State Rep. Dylan Fernandes says is a lie. The politician is joining the relief at one of the churches there. He told the Vineyard Gazette that the migrants were “pawns in a political game.” 

In the meantime, Massachusetts lawmakers are allocating funds and resources to help the Venezuelan and Colombian people. Edgartown, which is also on the island, is taking the lead on setting up shelter and aid. Teens who are enrolled in AP Spanish courses are volunteering to help interpret, according to the Vineyard Gazette report. 

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