Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis previously promised to send illegal border crossers to states and cities that claim to be “sanctuaries” for them, so it should have come as no surprise to anyone when two planes of migrants landed at Martha’s Vineyard Airport in Massachusetts on Wednesday.
The meltdown that followed the migrants’ journey to one of the wealthiest communities in The Bay State was of epic proportions. By Thursday morning, every DC, Twitter, and corporate media leftist not only expressed awareness of the effects of the Southern border crisis that has plagued the nation for more than a year and a half, but they had the audacity to claim that it was “evil,” “inhumane,” “disgusting,” and “cruel” to ship migrants to the doorsteps of a millionaire magnet community.
(Never mind that President Joe Biden has shipped illegal migrants, mostly children, into the U.S. for months now without much attention or scrutiny from the press or Democrats.)
The real cruelty, of course, is not a flight to one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S. but it’s President Joe Biden’s border crisis which has become so out of control that Republican governors have to resort to drastic measures to get the administration and its allies’ attention.
It’s difficult to calculate just how many tragedies have occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border under Biden, especially since the Biden administration issued an unofficial gag order to keep the crisis quiet, but it’s no secret that Democrats’ open border policies have long proved deadly. At least 650 migrants died trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021. Hundreds more have lost their lives in 2022, many to drowning. Americans, including a Texas National Guard soldier who tragically drowned in the Rio Grande River while trying to rescue illegal border crossers from the water, have also lost their lives.
On top of that, crime at the border, including rampant drug trafficking, is on the rise.
This dangerous, fatal environment was fostered by the current president. Not only did Biden spend day one of his presidency actively dismantling the border security provisions enacted by the Trump administration, but he essentially welcomed illegal border crossers into the U.S. by promising the return of the Obama-era catch-and-release system.
It was key policy changes like eradicating the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum seekers to await court decisions in Mexico, and ending Title 42, a policy designed to expedite the expulsion of illegal border crossers during the Covid-19 pandemic, paired with Biden’s weak border rhetoric that encouraged aliens to begin their perilous journies to the U.S. After all, Biden told migrants “don’t come” for TV cameras but did everything in his power to make sure they wouldn’t be severely punished if they did.
Even the migrants dropped outside of Vice President Kamala Harris’s DC residence by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledge that the border is open and dangerous, thanks to Biden.
For years, border communities in states such as Texas and Arizona have absorbed the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants that were let into the country thanks to lax policies in their populations. Now, Martha’s Vineyard residents, most of whom are part of the 150,000 tourists and vacationers only there for the summer, have a problem accommodating the most basic needs of 50 migrants.
The truth of the matter is, that the record-breaking number of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border was a humanitarian crisis long before DeSantis and Abbott started sending them to blue strongholds.
There is nothing humane about the Biden administration’s open border policies, which leave migrants vulnerable to human trafficking and smuggling, feuding Mexican cartels, fatal drug exposure, raging rivers, extreme temperatures and terrain, and more.
If dropping migrants at the doorstep of the rich forces Democrats to reckon with the Biden administration’s cruel border crisis and the policies that caused it, then so be it.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.