In an effort to humiliate mayors of welcoming “sanctuary” cities and fuel opposition to the border policies of the Biden administration, Republican governors are stepping up their partisan practice of sending illegal immigrants to Democratic strongholds without warning, including a wealthy summer retreat in Massachusetts and the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. Let’s take a look with Michael Ehline from Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC in Texas and Los Angeles.

Governors Transport Illegal Immigrants

Recently, the Texas Gov. and Arizona Gov. have bused thousands of migrants to New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. However, the most recent surprise actions, which on Wednesday included two flights to Martha’s Vineyard paid for by the Florida gov, reached a new level of political performance, which some slammed as barbaric.

By sending 50 immigrants from Venezuela to Martha’s Vineyard on September 14, according to Massachusetts officials, Florida may have violated the law.

Incentives for Immigration

Mostly, the Venezuelan migrants who arrived in Martha’s Vineyard, where former President Barack Obama has a house, were given food, shelter, medical care, and advice about where to find jobs.

Massachusetts state and municipal leaders applauded the action taken on Martha’s Vineyard, an offshore island that can only be reached by air or boat, where volunteers flocked to help the migrants when they arrived clutching maps and a few belongings.

Some claimed that, rather than a tiny island of 20,000 people, they had imagined arriving in a larger city with easy access to public transportation.

Resources Received

The migrants would receive “shelter and humanitarian resources,” according to Governor Charlie Baker (R), in dormitory-style lodging at Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne. State and municipal officials will also see to it that migrants have access to amenities like food and shelter.

Up to 125 troops of the Massachusetts National Guard will be called into service, according to Governor Baker, to help with the rescue operations. According to the state, the migrants’ move was voluntary, and they will now decide what they will do next.

Welcoming Illegal Immigration

The vacation island south of Boston, which is home to many blue-collar employees year-round, seemed to handle the dozens of new immigrants without any difficulty.

When 48 Venezuelans with bags and backpacks approached her office, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services CEO, Elizabeth Folcarelli, was just finishing up her shift. They brought brochures for her organization in red folders.

Incentivizing Illegal Immigration from the Southern Border

On the porch of their temporary refuge, migrants on Thursday played soccer and socialized in small groups while getting free legal assistance from visiting attorneys and other service providers.

Donations were left by well-wishers, and volunteers lined up to offer any assistance they could. No protest signs were present.

The League of United Latin American Citizens’ president, Domingo Garcia, claimed that some of the migrants transported by bus from Texas to Washington over the southern border were “tricked;” however, neither The Associated Press nor representatives from Texas or Arizona have substantiated this claim.

Funding for Immigrants

Furthermore, the flights of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, according to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, were part of the state’s relocation program to “transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.” $12 million has been set aside by the Florida Legislature for the departure of illegal immigrants.

DeSantis claims that money is available to bus illegal migrants out of his jurisdiction. When DeSantis approves the revised budget before July 1st, Florida will have access to the funds designated for transferring illegal immigrants.

Suspicious Flight Activity

Julian Cyr, a state senator from Massachusetts, told The Vineyard Gazette that one jet had a San Antonio origin, raising doubts about whether immigrants had ever entered Florida. According to flight tracking information, a flight that left San Antonio made stops in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Crestview, Florida before making its way to Martha’s Vineyard.

Who Was on Board?

More than 100 migrants from Colombia, Guyana, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela were on board the two buses from Texas that landed early on Thursday outside Harris’ home at the United States Naval Observatory.

What Has the Texas Gov. Said?

“The Biden-Harris administration continues to downplay and ignore the historic catastrophe at our southern border, which has threatened and overwhelmed communities in Texas for almost two years,” declared Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has prioritized border security with billions of public funds.

Is It Against the Federal Immigration Law?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who has publicly fought with DeSantis and Abbot over their conservative policies, requested that the U.S. Department of Justice look into whether using migrants as “political props” to cross state boundaries was unlawful.

Governors Endorse Blatant Violations

It may also be unlawful, but moving families, particularly children, over state lines under false pretenses is ethically reprehensible.

Newsom claimed that because the migrants were singled out due to their national background, the federal government might file charges of kidnapping and “civil rights conspiracy” without mentioning DeSantis or Abbot by name.

Trump Vs. Biden Policies

After crossing the border between the United States and Mexico, individuals who are seeking asylum must wait until their cases are resolved in the United States before being released.

Democrats contend that the Trump administration’s strategy of making refugees wait out their asylum hearings in Mexico was cruel, while Republicans claim that Biden’s policies encourage migrants to disappear into the United States and possibly get into bus accidents.

Arizona Gov. and Its Services

Since April, Abbott has transported 7,900 migrants by bus to Washington, with an additional 2,200 going to New York and 300 to Chicago. Since May, the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has bused more than 1,800 migrants to Washington. To confirm that the free rides are voluntary, passengers must sign waivers.


With the use of planes and the selection of Martha’s Vineyard, whose harbor towns are home to approximately 15,000 people, DeSantis appears to be taking the strategy to a new level. These communities are much less ready than New York or Washington for significant influxes of migrants.

Officials in destination cities are furious with Texas and Florida Gov. for failing to share passenger lists, projected arrival times, and other information that would have made planning easier. Arizona, on the other hand, has collaborated with authorities in other cities.

A Broken Asylum System

President Joe Biden is dealing with the same issues that plagued his predecessor, former President Donald Trump: a broken asylum system in the US and unfavorable social and economic situations that are forcing citizens of dozens of nations to leave their country.

From October through July, U.S. authorities arrested migrants trying to enter the country from Mexico roughly two million times, an increase of about 50% from the same time last year.

Immigrants Can Remain in the U.S.

Because U.S. authorities have struggled to deport them to their countries in accordance with a pandemic-era law that forbids them the opportunity to seek asylum, many are allowed to remain in the country to continue their immigration cases.

Modern Eden

A few million undocumented immigrants, according to Stephen Miller, a key architect of Trump’s immigration plans, could turn the island of Martha’s Vineyard, which is home to approximately 15,000 people, into “a modern Eden.”

The End of Title 42

DeSantis also spoke on the end of the Title 42 health policy by the Biden administration, which provided the administration the power to prevent foreigners from entering the country in times of public health emergencies like the COVID-19 epidemic.


Furthermore, DeSantis threatened to deport the migrants to Delaware on buses in November after claiming that the Biden administration ordered a number of migrant flights to land in Florida.

At a news conference on Friday on Martha’s Vineyard, League of United Latin American Citizens president Domingo Garcia called the governors’ trips to cities and towns with a Democratic majority a “serious misuse of authority” and one of the oldest Hispanic membership groups in the nation.

He requested the Justice Department to look into the incident for potential civil rights crimes or human trafficking. Justice Department officials opted not to comment.

The Outcome

The outcome for each family will rely on its unique situation. Overall, the majority, if not all, will be subject to lengthy deportation hearings in immigration courts. Some may urge judges to give them asylum so they can stay permanently because they fear punishment in their home countries. Others might ask for specific protections for victims of crime or human trafficking.

Some people can get assistance from friends and family who live in the US, while others cannot.

Migrants Can Return to Florida Gov.

The migrants are free to return to Florida if they want to do so, according to Susan Church, a Boston immigration attorney who was among those helping the migrants.

Who Is at Fault If There’s a Bus Crash?

Public buses exist, including commuter and school buses. Others are private buses that carry individuals and items for various reasons.

As an example, several people and organizations may share blame for your accident if it involves a school bus.

These individuals and organizations could be:

  • School bus driver’s employer: The employer of a school bus driver may be held accountable for the driver’s negligence.
  • The bus manufacturer: If the bus malfunctioned in any way that contributed to the accident.
  • Third-party contractors: If any contractors were in charge of employing bus drivers or supplying parts.


DeSantis had threatened to transport undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Delaware, the state where President Joe Biden is from, for months. Republican elected officials who want to protest what they perceive as Democratic inaction on undocumented immigrants have become more and more fond of the approach.


Michael Ehline

Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world-famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of U.S. history’s largest motorcycle accident settlements. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients. We pride ourselves on being available to answer your most pressing and difficult questions 24/7. We are proud sponsors of the Paul Ehline Memorial Motorcycle Ride and a Service Disabled Veteran Operated Business. (SDVOB.) We are ready to fight.

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