Migrant flight never comes near Biden’s Delaware home

As Republican governors in Texas, Florida and Arizona continued to use a political tactic of ferrying migrants out of their states, Delaware officials and immigration attorneys braced on Tuesday for offering to help after reports suggested a private plane bringing a group of migrants could be landing at an airport near President Biden’s Summer Man.

Flight tracking websites appeared to show a plane chartered by the same company used by the Florida government. Ron DeSantis to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, last week was scheduled to take off from San Antonio on Tuesday morning with a brief stop in Crestview, Florida, before landing at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown around 1:30 p.m.

But by early Tuesday evening, the plane had not arrived in the city of nearly 7,500 people. Flight tracks showed the plane instead went from Nashville to Teterboro, NJ

Delaware government office. John Carney, a Democrat, said Tuesday he was coordinating with federal officials to prepare for a possible arrival. And Jill Fredel, director of communications for the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services, said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that the agency had not been in contact with the offices of DeSantis or the Republican governor. Greg Abbott of Texas, who also sent migrants to other states. She said Delaware officials were working with state agencies and community groups to provide migrants with food, shelter, transportation and health services and had prepared a centralized donation website to put it in place. line.

“It’s a humanitarian effort on our part,” she said. “We want to support people who may come to our state.”

Councilman Christina Diaz-Malone said Georgetown is ready for the possible arrival of migrants and has seen an outpouring of support with an experienced network stepping up to help. She noted that Georgetown previously hosted by Guatemalans who arrived to work on poultry farms in the 1990s.

“This isn’t Georgetown’s first rodeo,” she said.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters earlier Tuesday that the Biden administration had “received news of the flights” and was “coordinating closely with state officials and service providers.” local services that are ready to receive these families in an orderly manner as they pursue their asylum applications”.

Asked about the situation, Biden remarked that DeSantis should visit Delaware himself.

“We have a beautiful coastline,” the president told reporters.

As Delaware officials continued preparations for a possible arrival, some migrants who boarded flights to Martha’s Vineyard last week and the advocacy group Alianza Americas DeSantis continued on Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court. The class action lawsuit alleges that migrants were fraudulently targeted and tricked “to board a plane and cross state lines through false statements and false promises.” On Monday, Bexar County, Texas Sheriff Javier Salazar said he was opening a criminal investigation into the robberies that took 48 migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last week.

In addition to DeSantis, Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has sent thousands of migrants on buses to other Democratic strongholds – Washington, DC, New York and Chicago – in recent months. Those who arrived on Martha’s Vineyard were mostly from Venezuela.

Rossana Arteaga-Lopenza, a volunteer with Casa de Venezuela Delaware, said she arrived Tuesday morning sad but ready to greet any arriving migrants and to act as an interpreter. Arteaga-Lopenza described herself as a stay-at-home mom who cares about the community, the state and her fellow Venezuelans who are suffering amid the humanitarian crisis that has drives more than 6 million of the South American country.

Migrants were stopped along the border more than 2 million times this fiscal year, an all-time high due in part to an increase in the number of Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans fleeing authoritarian governments and economic hardship, according to US Customs and Border Protection. This number does not represent individual migrants as many try to cross the border – and are apprehended – multiple times.

The Casa de Venezuela cannot offer financial assistance, Arteaga-Lopenza said, but provides arriving Venezuelans with emotional support and access to food, housing and information such as how to register their children. in school and where to look for a job.

Ahead of the flight’s scheduled arrival, Arteaga-Lopenza hoped to greet the migrants with a hug and a smile, but said she believed their vulnerable situation had been exploited.

“I hope they don’t come – not because they’re not welcome,” she said. “We shouldn’t use them as a political stunt.”

News outlets have reported that Florida reallocated federal COVID-19 aid to pay for flights. On Tuesday, DeSantis declined to confirm whether he had spent public funds ferrying migrants to Delaware, but defended relocating migrants to so-called sanctuary destinations such as Martha’s Vineyard, saying “it’s already had more effect.” impact than anyone thought. ”

“What we are doing is not the ultimate solution,” he said. “I think it opens people’s eyes to the solution, which is to have a secure border, that they stay in Mexico.”