Many of the migrants who had been despatched to Massachusetts didn’t need to keep in Martha’s Vineyard as a result of they’ve household or associates in different elements of the nation like Miami and Portland, Oregon, and now they’re making an attempt to determine easy methods to get tickets to these locations, Garcia mentioned. Three folks he spoke to needed to go to Florida, he added.
“It’s a political stunt,” Garcia instructed CNN over the telephone Saturday. “They’re going to wind up in Miami.”
Migrants launched from authorities custody usually transfer to different cities throughout the US as they undergo their immigration proceedings.
Garcia mentioned he spoke in particular person to about 11 migrants on Martha’s Vineyard on Friday and, individually, a number of migrants in DC. Most of the migrants had been proud of the “welcome that they had acquired in Martha’s Vineyard,” however felt that they had been used for politics, Garcia mentioned.
He criticized DeSantis and Abbott over their remedy of the migrants, saying the governors need to “rating political factors with their base.”
Democratic leaders, migrants’ advocates and federal officers have additionally denounced the strikes of the 2 governors. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused the governors of utilizing migrants as “political pawns” and mentioned their actions amounted to a “merciless, premeditated political stunt.”
A spokesperson for Rollins’ workplace instructed CNN they didn’t have a remark.
A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office mentioned the workplace is in contact with federal and state companions, gathering info and evaluating all authorized choices associated to the 2 flights.
“Our workplace continues to evaluate all data related to this case,” spokesperson Chloe Gotsis instructed CNN in an announcement.
Meanwhile, Garcia on Saturday described the scene when the migrants left Martha’s Vineyard for Joint Base Cape Cod — already an emergency shelter designated by the state emergency administration company — a day earlier and native volunteers bid them goodbye.
“Everyone was clapping and cheering them on,” he mentioned. “It’s truly what America’s presupposed to be like.”
CNN’s Maria Santana contributed to this report.