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Cleiver Rodriguez, 24, poses for a portrait, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in New York. Rodriguez, an immigrant from Venezuela, arrived to Manhattan in a bus despatched by Texas governor Greg Abbott and is grateful for a free trip to New York. (AP Picture/Julia Nikhinson)

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The chief govt of Martha’s Winery Neighborhood Companies was wrapping up work when she regarded outdoors to see 48 strangers at her workplace with baggage, backpacks and pink folders that included brochures for her group.

The Venezuelan migrants who had been flown to the rich Massachusetts island from San Antonio on Wednesday by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned they had been advised they had been going to Boston.

DeSantis took from the playbook of a fellow Republican, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, by stunning Democratic strongholds with massive influxes of migrants and offering little or no data.

“They had been advised that they might have a job and they might have housing,” mentioned Elizabeth Folcarelli, who leads Martha’s Winery Neighborhood Companies and described the scramble for shelter as a “enormous problem.”

Julio Henriquez, an legal professional who met with a number of migrants, mentioned they “had no concept of the place they had been going or the place they had been.”

Two flights to Martha’s Winery stopped within the Florida Panhandle, Henriquez mentioned. Whereas on board, migrants bought brochures and maps of Massachusetts.

An unsigned letter advised migrants to inform U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies of deal with adjustments, although U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is definitely accountable for monitoring migrants, Henriquez mentioned. “That is horrible recommendation,” he mentioned.

Many immigrants have appointments with ICE on Monday in San Antonio. Others had been ordered to report back to immigration authorities in two weeks to 3 months in cities together with Philadelphia and Washington.

U.S. officers advised immigration attorneys that required check-ins could be postponed, Henriquez mentioned. Homeland Safety officers did not instantly reply to a request for remark Friday.

In San Antonio, a Latina girl approached migrants at a city-run shelter and put them up at a close-by La Quinta Inn, the place she visited every day with meals and reward playing cards, Henriquez mentioned. She promised jobs and three months of housing in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

The girl, who launched herself to migrants as Perla, promised jobs, housing and assist for his or her immigration instances, mentioned Oren Sellstrom of Legal professionals for Civil Rights, which provided free consultations.

The town of San Antonio was unaware of the flights, mentioned Maria Villagomez, deputy metropolis supervisor.

Pedro Luis Torrelaba, 36, mentioned he was promised work, meals and housing. He thought he was going to New York.

“I’m not a sufferer,” he mentioned Friday, expressing gratitude to residents of Martha’s Winery for his or her hospitality. “I merely really feel misled as a result of they advised a lie and it has come to nothing.”

The migrants had been being moved voluntarily Friday to a navy base on close by Cape Cod. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker mentioned he would activate as much as 125 Nationwide Guard members to help the Massachusetts Emergency Administration Company.

DeSantis mentioned Friday that the majority migrants meant to return to Florida and that the journey to Martha’s Winery was voluntary. He didn’t deal with the migrants’ claims that they had been advised they had been going elsewhere.

Florida’s governor defended selecting up migrants in Texas and vowed to proceed transportation to immigrant-friendly “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

“Our view is that you have to cope with it on the supply, and in the event that they’re intending to return to Florida or lots of them are intending to return to Florida, that is our greatest means to ensure they find yourself in a sanctuary,” he mentioned.

Texas has bused about 8,000 migrants to Washington since April, together with greater than 100 Thursday to Vice President Kamala Harris’ house. It additionally has bused about 2,200 to New York and 300 to Chicago.

Arizona has bused greater than 1,800 migrants to Washington since Could, however has stored officers on the receiving finish knowledgeable of the plans. The town of El Paso, Texas, has despatched a minimum of 1,135 migrants on 28 buses to New York since Aug. 23 and, like Arizona, shares passenger rosters and different data.

Final week, a 2-year-old who arrived in New York from Texas was hospitalized for dehydration and a pregnant girl on the identical bus was in extreme ache, in accordance with advocates and metropolis officers.

Volunteer teams usually wait hours for buses arriving from Texas in a chosen area of Manhattan’s Port of Authority Bus Terminal. They depend on tipsters for assist.

“It is an issue as a result of we do not know when the buses are coming, what number of buses are coming, if anybody on these buses has medical circumstances that they’ll need assistance with, in the event that they want a wheelchair,” mentioned Manuel Castro, commissioner of the New York Metropolis Mayor’s Workplace of Immigrant Affairs. “We a minimum of need to know that in order that we will finest assist folks as they arrive.”

A contractor that Texas employed to bus migrants signed an settlement that prohibits them from speaking to New York officers, Castro mentioned.

Some fathers have arrived in New York whereas their spouses and youngsters had been despatched to Washington, mentioned Ilze Thielmann, a volunteer director with TLC NYC, a bunch working to reunite them.

Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker mentioned his administration has reached out to Texas however will get no data. The primary migrants arrived at Chicago’s Union Station from Texas on Aug. 31.

Abbott’s workplace dismissed complaints about lack of coordination and maintaining cities guessing in regards to the governor’s subsequent strikes as he tries to stoke opposition to President Joe Biden’s border insurance policies.

“As an alternative of complaining about fulfilling their sanctuary metropolis guarantees, these Democrat hypocrites ought to name on President Biden to do his job and safe the border — one thing the president continues failing to do,” spokeswoman Renae Eze mentioned Thursday.

Arizona has been working since Could via the Regional Middle for Border Well being, which runs clinics for low-income sufferers in Yuma. A number of days every week, a bus heads east from a clinic workplace in suburban Somerton.

Amanda Aguirre, the well being care supplier’s CEO, mentioned she advised Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s workers that she would not take part with out shut coordination. Arizona established information-sharing protocols from the beginning with Carecen, a nonprofit group that assists migrants in Washington, Aguirre mentioned.

“I’ll by no means permit folks simply being dropped on the street as a result of that is what I am making an attempt to forestall right here in Yuma, being simply dropped on the street,” Aguirre mentioned.

Some migrants appear unaffected by the chaos.

Cleiver Rodriguez of Venezuela mentioned he appreciated the free trip from Texas to New York, the place he got here in search of work.

“I haven’t got any sort of opinion as a result of a minimum of they helped me get right here,” Rodriguez, 24, mentioned as he left a shelter.


Salomon reported from Miami and Torrens from New York. Related Press writers Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Florida; Elliot Spagat in Somerton, Arizona; Jake Bleiberg in Dallas; Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Paul Weber in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.


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