- Migrants who were flown to Martha’s Vineyard with little information say that they were conned.
- According to Reuters, some of the migrants aboard the flights said a woman paid them $200 to go.
- The woman did not give her last name and approached migrants outside a San Antonio shelter.
Some of the migrants who red state governors flew to Martha’s Vineyard for political purposes said that they were duped by a woman who approached them outside of a San Antonio shelter and paid them to board an airplane with no information as to where it was headed.
On Wednesday, 50 undocumented migrants arrived on the island of Martha’s Vineyard after the governors of Florida and Texas sent them to Massachusetts in a highly antagonized move. The Venezuelan and Colombian migrants boarded two planes in San Antonio, which stopped in Florida on their way to the east coast, and which the Florida governor confirmed that his administration paid for and chartered.
Some of the migrants told Reuters that a woman named “Perla” approached them, paid them $200, and helped put them up in a hotel the night before she led them to the chartered flights with promises of a better life.
Luis, a Venezuelan migrant who was approached by the woman after arriving in San Antonio, said that she also made them sign a liability waiver and did not share her last name.
“We are scared,” Luis told Reuters, adding that the group felt like they were conned. “I hope they give us help.”
Others told Reuters that they were promised jobs and help resettling once they arrived, but were not told where they were headed.
A spokesperson for DeSantis did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Florida has siphoned $12 million in public funds to coordinate the migrant flights, according to Reuters.
DeSantis’ spokesperson told Fox News Digital on Thursday that the trips were related to Florida’s “relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” a similar policy that Abbott has pushed since April, busing migrants from Texas to blue states.
On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said that the migrants would be relocated to the Joint Base Cape Cod military base after it was determined that there were no adequate services on the island.
“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is coordinating efforts among state and local officials to ensure access to food, shelter and essential services for these men, women and children,” the statement said. “Governor Charlie Baker also plans to activate up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as part of this relief effort.”