Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has taken down a tweet in which he disparaged Democrats and made a false allegation that they had called up the National Guard to “interdict” migrants in Massachusetts.
For the roughly 50 Venezuelan migrants who unexpectedly arrived on Martha’s Vineyard earlier this week, Republican governor Charlie Baker activated up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard on Friday to help with the use of Joint Base Cape Cod as a temporary shelter and a hub for humanitarian resources.
The Baker administration declared that Joint Base Cape Cod and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will play a part in managing the distribution of food, shelter, and other “essential services” because the island does not have enough resources to handle the refugees.
“We are grateful to the providers, volunteers, and local officials that stepped up on Martha’s Vineyard over the past few days to provide immediate services to these individuals,” Baker said in a statement Friday morning. “Our administration has been working across state government to develop a plan to ensure these individuals will have access to the services they need going forward, and Joint Base Cape Cod is well equipped to serve these needs.”
Cruz removed a tweet on Saturday, according to CNN reporter Daniel Dale, in which he “falsely blasted ‘Dems’ for activating the National Guard.”
Residents of Louisiana received assistance from Joint Base Cape Cod during Hurricane Katrina. The Baker administration claimed that it served as an “alternative care medical location” for residents of Bay State during the COVID-19 outbreak.
After the migrants arrived, some Massachusetts government leaders and others criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to fly the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on social media.
“Transporting undocumented immigrants across state lines against their will…. isn’t that the very definition of human trafficking,” Sen. Adam Gomez tweeted.
According to a statement submitted to MassLive, Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed responsibility for transporting the immigrants to the island. According to the statement, DeSantis dispatched two planes filled with immigrants as part of “the state’s relocation program to relocate illegal aliens to sanctuary places.”
DeSantis was denounced by Rep. Bill Keating on Twitter, who said: History does not look kindly on leaders who treat human beings like cargo, loading them up and sending them a thousand miles away without telling them their destination.”