Migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard will be voluntarily taken to the military base for shelter and assistance


About 50 migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida’s governor this week will be flown to a military base on Friday to receive shelter and humanitarian aid.

Migrants will be sent voluntarily to Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said, adding that up to 125 members of the National Guard were being activated to help with the relief effort.

The migrants were taken to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, in one of the latest moves by Republican governors sent by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to transport migrants to the liberal northern enclave to protest what they say are inadequate federal efforts at southern border security. .

At the church where the migrants have been staying on Martha’s Vineyard, the migrants cheered Friday morning when they heard that the Massachusetts government would shelter them at a military base on Cape Cod.

They hugged each other and locals before boarding buses provided by state and local governments for the trip to the base.

Joint Base Cape Cod — already an emergency shelter designated by the state’s emergency management agency — has been set up to provide “temporary safe accommodation for families and individuals in need,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

Migrants “will be housed in dormitory-style spaces at JBCC, with separate spaces for individuals and families,” and families will not be separated, the statement said.

According to Baker’s office, they will include legal services, health care, food, hygiene kits and crisis counseling.

Baker praised the temporary shelter the Martha’s Vineyard community set up for migrants “at a time of urgency.”

“We are grateful to the providers, volunteers and local officials who stepped up on Martha’s Vineyard in recent days to provide immediate services to these individuals,” Baker said in a news release.

This is a developing story and will be updated.