One migrant claims to have been paid $200 in cash by a mysterious woman called “Perla” to get people from the Texas migrant resource center to board a plane to Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday.
Florida government Ron DeSantis accepts responsibility for two flights that saw about 50 undocumented migrants transported to the upscale island of Massachusetts as part of what Republican officials call a “relocation program to transport those illegal immigration to sanctuary destinations”. It follows similar plans created by conservative governors in Texas and Arizona to move migrants to Democratic-controlled areas of the North in protest of the government’s border policies. Biden rights.
It seems that the local authorities in Martha’s Vineyard were not notified in advance of the arrival of the migrants. On Thursday, the Dukes County Emergency Management Association tweeted that an “unexpected emergency humanitarian situation” required emergency shelters to be opened on Martha’s Vineyard.
And curious details are starting to emerge about how the migrants got to the plane in the first place, with some outlets reporting that those on board had misinterpreted their prospects when they arrived.
One 27-year-old Venezuelan migrant even claimed to have been paid by a mysterious figure to find people outside the San Antonio migrant resource center to board one of the flights.
The man who called himself simply Emmanuel said to San Antonio Report that a woman known only to him as “Perla” said she wanted to send migrants to “conservation states” where there was more government support for them.
“Perla informed me that in those conservation states it has interests to help migrants,” Emmanuel told the newspaper, explaining that he had provided Perla with her contact information. about 10 other migrants. “I’m just a mediator because I want to help people.”
He added that Perla – who told him she was not involved in organizing flights and just wanted to help people – said the amount she offered to pay Emmanuel to find someone else came from a “hidden benefactor”. honor”, who is also sponsoring the flights.
A separate report in Vineyard Gazette includes mentions of an unnamed migrant who said they were recruited by someone named Perla to come to Massachusetts, despite having an immigration court date in Los Angeles next week. “I think this is just a plot to make us miss our court date so we can get in trouble with the law and they can deport us,” said the migrant, who asked not to be named.
Another person who moved to Martha’s Vineyard claiming to be Luis said Reuters that someone named Perla approached them and their family outside the San Antonio immigration center. Luis said Perla put them in a hotel, but didn’t give them her last name or any relationship, and asked them to sign a disclaimer.
Separately, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday send two buses carrying migrants released near Vice President Kamala Harris’ official residence in Washington, DC
“The Republican Party is playing politics with people, using them as props,” President Biden said at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala on Thursday night. “What they are doing is simply wrong.”