Yesterday, Wednesday, September 15, about fifty migrants were flown from
Florida [edit: probably from Texas] to Martha's Vineyard, "an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts [...] that is known for being a popular, affluent summer colony". The New York Times reports:
[The Governor of Florida] Mr. DeSantis, a Republican with presidential ambitions, has repeatedly bashed the federal government for transporting migrants to Florida and has threatened to send them to liberal enclaves instead. He has frequently mentioned Mr. Biden’s home state of Delaware as a possible destination.
Mr. DeSantis is clearly unhappy about the migrants
sent to Florida, presumably by the border police or federal immigration administration [edit: As phoog correctly remarked, the migrants "said they had started the day in San Antonio", according to the NYT article]. The transport to Massachusetts was apparently not coordinated or condoned by federal authorities or the destination state.
This raises a number of related questions:
- Is there no agreed-upon distribution key to the states in the U.S., according to their abilities and other criteria? I understand that Texas, the state into which migrants from Latin America enter when they arrive on land, feels that they carry an unfair burden when they are left alone sheltering and sustaining many thousand migrants.
- Are the migrants in Florida mostly entering there, arriving from the Caribbean? Or are some transported there by the federal government?
- Can asylum seekers waiting for their application to be processed (which seems to be the status of at least some people portrayed in the NYT piece) travel freely between states?