The liberal elites of Martha’s Vineyard declared that the two planes of migrants Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew in on Wednesday had caused a “humanitarian crisis” on the wealthy island.
The Martha’s Vineyard tourism board tweeted that the “Island community” was in the midst of a “humanitarian crisis” after 50 Venezuelan migrants were landed at the local airport and were “seeking shelter.”
A “regional response” was coordinated by Emergency Management Operations and they managed to provide “food, water, and emergency sheltering,” but reached out to “State and Federal partners for additional and long term support.”
Local homeless shelter coordinator, Lisa Belcastro, remarked that the temporary housing situation was a “stop-gap.”
“At some point in time they have to move from here to somewhere else,” Belcastro said according to the New York Post. “We cannot, we do not, have the services to take care of 50 immigrants.”
“We’re in a housing crisis as we are on this island,” she continued. “So we don’t, we can’t, house everyone here that lives here and works here.”
The affluent island’s response to an influx of 50 people was widely mocked by the internet. One person shared a promotional poster by Martha’s Vineyard’s Main Street Alliance, which proudly declared that the community stands with “Immigrants, with refugees, with indigenous peoples, and with people of all faiths.”
“So… what else don’t you believe in this statement?” They questioned.
“As a tourist destination I would think you guys would be able to handle 50 visitors,” someone else added.
“They were [okay] with Obama’s 700 person guest list,” another snarked about President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash at his $12 million island mansion last year.
“It’s not a problem till they show up in their neighborhood lol now it’s a crisis so typical,” wrote somebody else.
“Humanitarian crisis? What do we call what’s been happening at the Texas border for the last 2 years then?” Another pointed out.
The panelists on ABC morning talk show “The View” had mixed reactions about migrants being transported to the island. Co-host Sunny Hostin, who called Martha’s Vineyard her “home away from home,” said that she was “happy” they were flown there.
“It’s a place that historically has allowed people from other places. Black people, it was the only place in our country, one of three, that allowed black people in the late 1800’s to own property and beach front property,” she lamented. “So, welcome to Martha’s Vineyard.”
While co-panelist Whoopi Goldberg claimed that DeSantis was “playing” with people’s lives.
“I understand what they’re trying to do, I get that they’re trying to make a point. But these are people you’re playing with,” Goldberg commented. “These are real life people with children and older people and you know, we can work it out but if you’re gonna be a bonehead, who wants to play with you? Call me crazy, but I don’t understand why you gotta be nasty about it.”
DeSantis said that his liberal detractors were hypocrites during a recent press conference. “Their virtue-signaling is a fraud,” he said before blasting the Biden administration.
“We take what is happening at the southern border very seriously, unlike some, and unlike the President of the United States, who has refused to lift a finger to secure that border,” he began.
“You’ve had millions and millions of people pouring across illegally; record amount of fentanyl coming into our country; it is absolutely killing Americans in record numbers; of course you have criminal aliens.”
“I would just note: Biden would fly people in the middle of the night, dump them all across this country; there was no warning on any of this. They’re doing it and they’re farming people out all around,” he continued.
DeSantis pointed out that Democrat run cities, like Martha’s Vineyard, had previously claimed that they would be happy to support the influx of migrants in theory, but clearly not in practice.
“And all of those people in D.C. and New York were beating their chests when Trump was president, saying they were so proud to be sanctuary jurisdictions, saying how bad it was to have a secure border,” he went on.
“The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, they all of a sudden go berserk and they’re so upset that this is happening,” DeSantis concluded. “It just shows you their virtue-signaling is a fraud.”