PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – We first learned of the group of Venezuelan migrant families flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week when Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed his involvement and gave a broadcast exclusive to a conservative cable newscast.
In the face of a growing outcry from those who see this as using desperate migrants as political props, DeSantis outlined the plan and the funding for it as a way to protect Florida from the costs of what he calls an illegal immigration crisis.
Now there are conflicting accounts of how those people came to be on Florida’s two chartered flights, what they were told, what they expected, and what happens now.
Massachusetts State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, whose district includes Martha’s Vineyard, and who has spent much of the last few days on the logistics of sheltering the newly arrived, joined This Week in South Florida host Glenna Milberg to discuss. Their conversation can be seen at the top of this page.