“About 50 migrants arrived by plane in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Wednesday on a flight paid for by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and that originated in San Antonio, Texas.” (NPR)
The migrants “told NPR their flight originated in San Antonio, and that they were being transported to Boston.” The “plane originated in San Antonio, made a stop in Florida and then another stop in South Carolina before flying on to Martha’s Vineyard. But apart from that layover, the migrants NPR interviewed had not spent time in Florida.”
Is this kind of program an effective use of Florida tax dollars? Should it only be offered to migrants that originate in Florida? (DeSantis has set aside $12 million for the program this year (NYT)).
“The migrants said a woman they identified as ‘Perla’ approached them outside the shelter and lured them into boarding the plane, saying they would be flown to Boston where they could get expedited work papers. She provided them with food. The migrants said Perla was still trying to recruit more passengers just hours before their flight.”
“Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee said many of the migrants were confused. ‘We have talked to a number of people who’ve asked, ‘Where am I?’ And then I was trying to explain where Martha’s Vineyard is.'” (NPR)
Is it acceptable to send the migrants to a location different than what was told to them?
“The unannounced flight drew anger from Massachusetts officials.” (NPR)
“Even large American cities have struggled to cope with migrants who arrive ‘with little to no notice'” (NYT)
Should Florida and other states be notifying officials in the locations where migrants are being sent in advance?
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