A Massachusetts state senator said Wednesday that dozens of migrants arrived at Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday afternoon via charter flights. Julian Cyr, the state representative serving Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, said the charter flights were arriving from Texas. The group of about 50 Venezuelan migrants, some of whom were children, were taken to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School where they received snacks and shelter. They were cared for Wednesday evening by two shelters in Edgartown. “We’ll take care of you,” Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden told the migrants, according to The Maratha’s Vineyard Times. said WCVB. “Martha’s Vineyard officials, city and county officials, rushed but did a pretty remarkable job of accommodating these families.” she says they are from Venezuela, some with children as young as 2 years old. “A lot of them seem outdated,” Rush said. “We’ve had calls from restaurants, offering food, people trying to help. It’s amazing.” “Florida can confirm that the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived at Martha’s Vineyard were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” a statement from the Florida governor’s office said. Ron DeSantis obtained by WCVB’s sister station WESH in Orlando.” States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of those people they have invited to our country by incentivizing immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and their support for the Biden administration’s open border policies,” the statement said. Online flight records show at least two private planes that started the day in San Antonio, Texas, which also stopped in begging Florida, before arriving later on the island. It was not immediately clear who paid for the private charter flights to the island, however, the statement from the governor’s spokesperson said the Florida legislature had appropriated $12 million to implement a program to facilitate transportation of undocumented immigrants from the state. DeSantis, who is up for reelection this year and is a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. statement from Governor Charlie Baker’s office said. “At this time, short-term accommodation services are being provided by local officials, and the administration will continue to support these efforts.” “It’s an island dedicated to welcoming people,” Cyr said. “But it’s pretty disgusting for any state or governor or anybody to take advantage of the unfortunate, dire situation of these families who are just looking for a better life. To capitalize on this for a political stunt or for a moment of ‘gotcha ‘. It’s just disgusting. Ron DeSantis could learn a lesson from Massachusetts about what patriotism and freedom would really look like if he weren’t so busy using humans as props in a cruel stunt to support his pathetic political aspirations,” US Senator from Massachusetts Ed Markey wrote in a social media post. “To those who have just landed: we embrace you with pleasure.” The WCVB also reached out to US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office for comment. Information from WESH and The Associated Press was used in this report.

A Massachusetts state senator said Wednesday that dozens of migrants arrived at Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday afternoon via charter flights.

Julien Cyr, the representative of the State at the service Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket claimed charter flights were arriving from Texas.

The group of about 50 Venezuelan migrants, some of whom were children, were taken to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School where they received snacks and shelter. They were cared for Wednesday evening by two shelters in Edgartown.

“We’ll take care of you,” Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden told the migrants, according to The Maratha’s Vineyard Times.

“I understand there was no advance communication or notice that this plane and these people were coming,” Cyr told WCVB. “Martha’s Vineyard officials, city and county officials, rushed but did a pretty remarkable job of accommodating these families.”

Barb Rush and others from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Summer St. in Edgartown worked all day to help families she says are from Venezuela, some with children as young as 2 years old.

“A lot of them seem outdated,” Rush said. “We’ve had calls from restaurants, offering food, people trying to help. It’s amazing.”

Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis speaks during a a press conference announcing the expansion of the toll relief for Florida commuters, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Miami,  ; Fla.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

“Florida can confirm both planes with illegal immigrants who arrived at Martha’s Vineyard [Wednesday] were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” said a statement from the office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis obtained by WCVB sister station WESH in Orlando.

“States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these people they have invited to our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and supporting policies Biden administration’s open borders,” the statement said.

Online flight records show at least two private planes that started the day in San Antonio, Texas, which also stopped in begging Florida, before arriving later on the island.

It was not immediately clear who paid for the private charter flights to the island, however, the statement from the governor’s spokesperson said the Florida legislature had appropriated $12 million to implement a program to facilitate the transportation of undocumented immigrants from the state.

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DeSantis, who is running for office this year and is a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

“The Baker-Polito administration is in contact with local officials regarding the arrival of migrants at Martha’s Vineyard,” said a written statement from Governor Charlie Baker’s office. “At this time, short-term accommodation services are being provided by local officials, and the administration will continue to support these efforts.”

“It’s an island dedicated to welcoming people,” Cyr said. “But it’s pretty disgusting for any state or governor or anybody to take advantage of the unfortunate, dire situation of these families who are just looking for a better life. To capitalize on this for a political stunt or for a moment of ‘gotcha ‘ It’s just disgusting.

“Governor Ron DeSantis could learn a lesson from Massachusetts about what patriotism and freedom really look like if he weren’t so busy using humans as props in a cruel stunt to support his pathetic political aspirations,” he said. writes US Senator from Massachusetts Ed Markey in a social media post. “To those who have just landed: we embrace you with pleasure.”

WCVB has also contacted US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office for comment.

Information from WESH and The Associated Press was used in this report.