Telemundo Reporter: The Martha's Vineyard NIMBYs Are Mad at Migrant Drop Off

September 16th, 2022 5:16 PM

The corporate media went berserk on Thursday calling Florida governor Ron DeSantis “inhumane” for sending 50 undocumented migrants to Martha's Vineyard, but one Telemundo correspondent reported that the label seemingly described residents of the elite playground upset at the arrival of the new visitors.

Watch as Cristina Londoño confirms the double standard of those from the Massachusetts island - a sanctuary state - upset about having a border crisis in their own backyard. But instead of facing the cameras for all to see, those against the presence of the migrants at their exclusive haven chose anonymity rather than “be depicted as inhumane.” That was their excuse for turning down an interview with Telemundo.



JULIO VAQUEIRO: Cristina, have you been able to speak to (Martha's Vineyard) residents that are critical of the migrants' arrival?

CRISTINA LONDOÑO: Julio, a furious man passed by just a short time ago- he said that his children had to leave this island because there are no jobs or housing and now they bring these migrants over, deceiving them with those promises. There are also those who blame the Biden Administration saying it's their fault – they don't want the migrants here but they don't want to speak on-camera, either because they don't want to be depicted as inhumane.

In the end, it only took 24 hours for the progressive, pro-immigration New Englanders to get the migrants OUT of the “traditional rest area for the richest and most famous,” as anchor Julio Vaqueiro described Martha's Vineyard, where the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama own massive, luxurious ocean-front properties. 

Come Friday, all of the migrants that arrived the day before were conveniently taken away to the Joint Base Cape Cod, after, as Telemundo later reported, volunteers gave them clothes and underwear, purchased from exclusive Martha's Vineyard boutiques “since they don't have a Walmart”; (yes, it does come across as racist and xenophobic that migrants should be considered Walmart material).

“For now, the hours go by quietly on the island,” Logroño said. “Residents arrived with donations to the Episcopal church that received them, and local leaders promised to keep their arms open.”

But they weren't open for long.

What a relief that must have been for the residents of “the rich and powerful seaside resort of Martha's Vineyard” who found themselves, as per Londoño, “in the midst of a border crisis.”  At the very least, they got a sample of what the Biden Administration border crisis means; about the tolling effects it has on the far-from-rich border towns, not just one day, not with 50 persons, but hundreds, thousands, pouring in daily through the wide open southern border. 

As for the migrants, hopefully the sanctuary state of Massachusetts will follow-through and deliver everything they promise, thanks to Ron DeSantis.

You can join the MRC in its mission to call out advertisers that sponsor bias in the Spanish language news. Please follow this link for more information.

Press on expand to view the complete transcript of the segment mentioned above, as aired on Telemundo News.

Noticias Telemundo
6:32 p.m. Eastern

JULIO VAQUEIRO: We start today in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. This is a traditional rest area for the richest and for the most famous. But today a group of migrants arrived there. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent them. We go to Cristina Londoño who is at Martha's Vineyard with the report. Cristina, you have been able to talk to some of the migrants who have arrived; what did they tell you?

CRISTINA LONDOÑO: That's right, Julio. They are bathed, dressed in new clothes. They are eating hot food. Some have had their first contact with lawyers. But they say they never knew about this place, they didn't even know it existed. However, something very important that they are saying is that they came because they were guaranteed work and housing. It seems like a confusing geography. The rich and powerful seaside resort of Martha's Vineyard in the midst of a border crisis.

Can you tell on a map where you are?

MIGRANT: I think I'm in the United States.

LONDOÑO: But they found after going to find a shelter and a hotel in San Antonio where they were offered a way out.

EVERILDE DE LA HOZ, MIGRANT: We left the hotel, about 50 people and we left. We got in a van, were taken to the airport and a plane brought us here.

LONDOÑO: "Our courtesy," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis insisted. He claims that many of those who cross into this country come determined to go to the state.

RON DESANTIS: Our message to them is we are not a sanctuary state, and it ́s better to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction. And yes, we will help facilitate that transport for them to be able to go to greener pastures.

LONDOÑO: In these images made public by DeSantis' office, you see the arrival of immigrants in Massachusetts. The Texas governor denied he had anything to do with flights to the exclusive Massachusetts island. But the original idea was his. Greg Abbott has already sent thousands of immigrants to New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Today, in a change of strategy, he left them at the door of Vice President Kamala Harris, who recently said that the border is under control. On the Republican side, the strategy has won them applause.

MARCO RUBIO: We have a huge impact obviously, with the people who are suffering so much in their countries. But no country in the world can take on thousands of people a day coming illegally.

KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: It's hateful. It's reckless.

LONDOÑO: But the White House, other Democratic leaders and immigrant advocates loudly condemn what they are doing.

ADELYS FERRO, ACTIVIST: Stop using our desire for freedom only when it is convenient to get votes while rejecting and despising Venezuelan immigrants.

LONDOÑO: Does it hurt?

MIGRANT: Well, not much. Because instead of being evil, they really did us a favor. So, I'm not complaining.

LONDOÑO: What does offend them is to be called undocumented. That's why they showed us the papers that immigration gave them when they turned themselves in at the border requesting political asylum.

MIGRANT: We came out with these documents from the Department of Immigration. We are not undocumented in this country, we did not enter irregularly.

LONDOÑO: For now, the hours go by quietly on the island. Residents arrived with donations to the Episcopal church that received them, and local leaders promised to keep their arms open.

MIGRANT: They are servants of God, people who have earned their place in heaven. People who know one's sacrifice.

LONDOÑO: But Erick Robles, an actor who came to translate the newcomers, fears that the welcome will be short.

ROBLES: There's a lot, a lot of white millionaires here and they have different points of view, you understand? Many Americans strongly with Trump

VAQUEIRO: Cristina, have you been able to talk to residents who criticize the arrival of migrants?

LONDOÑO: Julio, very recently an angry man passed by and said that his children had to leave this island because there is no work or housing, and they bring these immigrants here, deceiving them with those promises. There are also other people who are blaming the Biden administration. They say they are to blame. They don't want immigrants here, but they also don't want to speak on camera, because they don't want to be branded inhumane. July.

VAQUEIRO: Well, thank you very much for that report.