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Migrant relocation program highlights nation’s divide on immigration and migration issues ahead of midterms

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Gage Skidmore

Last week, nearly 50 migrants were flown from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as part of a program helmed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Some Republican leaders have called this act a relocation program. Democrats and advocates alike have referred to it as political theater.

Many of the South American migrants explained that a woman promised them work and a safe place in a sanctuary city. But the migrants found, upon their arrival in Martha’s Vineyard, neither work nor sanctuary.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has opened a criminal investigation.

But have any laws been broken? What is the next legal step for displaced migrants? What assistance are the migrants receiving? What are the plans for the local governments involved? Has political theater gone too far? Are other relocation programs underway?


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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, September 22.

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