Florida Governor Ron DeSantis created an uproar last week after he deposited 50 illegal immigrants in Martha’s Vineyard, an idyllic island off the coast of Massachusetts famous for serving as an oasis to the country’s powerful and ultra-wealthy.
Martha’s Vineyard residents typically lean politically Left and have lectured on the importance of diversity and welcoming illegal immigrants. Many support Biden’s open border policy, which has devolved into an historic crisis. These residents include former President Barack Obama, whose open-door border policy caused a spike in murder rates. The Obamas threw a large birthday bash in their nearly $12 million compound in Martha’s Vineyard last year as the pandemic raged.
Other homeowners in Martha’s Vineyard include Hillary Clinton, whose proposed immigration plan was slated to top Obama’s in lawlessness, Biden climate commissar John Kerry, whose home and 18.5 acres have a similar price tag, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and many other celebrities.
These elites, enraged at having their serenity disturbed last week with the arrival of their new guests, declared a “humanitarian crisis,” called in the National Guard and had the immigrants removed in less than 48 hours. Hillary Clinton said the move by DeSantis was “literally human trafficking.” Documentary-maker Ken Burns and CNN compared it to the Holocaust.
On Thursday, the Martha’s Vineyard community started a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay for the “emergency,” which raised over $43,000 before being deleted. The fundraiser was organized by Sarah Goulet, whose family has a home on the ritzy island.
“Many of you have seen the shocking news that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis arranged yesterday to send two planeloads of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, to the island of Martha’s Vineyard,” the campaign description read. “Lured by the promise of jobs, many of the 50 people—including children—did not know where they were going. No one on the island was given warning of their arrival.
“Officials and volunteers on the island have sprung into action to provide emergency services, shelter, food, and clothing. Martha's Vineyard is a community of open-hearted individuals that view these migrants as people, not political pawns.
“However, the island is a resort community with only 20,000 year-round residents, and it already faces a shortage of affordable housing and off-season jobs.
“Please join me in donating to the Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation, which can quickly distribute funds to the neediest organizations. This action by DeSantis is a cruel ruse that manipulates families seeking a better life—but we can help to provide support.
“Martha's Vineyard is a very special place to me and my family. My parents have a home there, and Dan, Ruby, and I spent her [sic] first year on the island. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause.
The campaign has raised $43,196 and has stopped taking donations. It has also hidden the description and list of donors.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” Townhall reporter Mia Cathell mocked. “‘URGENT PLEA’! The ultra-wealthy on Martha’s Vineyard has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser, already raising over $36,000. Please help these struggling millionaires with multiple summer homes during this ‘humanitarian crisis.’”