DeSantis sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard divides Venezuelan Americans
Venezuelan Americans were divided over Florida Gov. DeSantis actions after he sent Venezuelan asylum-seekers to Massachusetts.
After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent two planes of mostly Venezuelan asylum-seekers to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, advertising executive Max Lefeld slammed the move as a political stunt.
“It’s like me taking my trash out and just driving to different areas where I live and just throwing my trash there," said Lefeld, a Venezuelan American who's a founding member of the Casa Venezuela Dallas foundation, which helps recent refugees.
But in an Instagram post from Miami-based EVTV, focused on Venezuelan news, a video of the migrants getting off the plane in Massachusetts elicited mostly support, with many emojis of clapping hands.
A group of migrants huddle on a sidewalk in front of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. on Sept. 15, 2022.Jonathan Wiggs / Boston Globe via Getty Images fileThe shuffling of asylum-seekers from the U.S. border to Democratic states by DeSantis and Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, both Republicans, is intensifying debate among U.S. Venezuelans and sharpening their divisions over rising arrivals of people from their country.
The divisions largely fall along political lines, with Venezuelan Republicans defending DeSantis and Democrats blasting the move.