Why Can't Martha's Vineyard House Immigrants In Hotels And Homeless Shelters Like Tucson, AZ?
It's time for the elite communities that endorse our nation's immigration crisis to experience it first-hand, like border communities do every day.
Ed. Note: Within 48 hours, Martha’s Vineyard had called the National Guard and had the immigrants moved off the island to an Army base.
When I went with friends to Martha’s Vineyard many years ago, our knapsacks were confiscated by police at the ferry landing and we were told we could not sleep on the beach.
We came to the island thinking we could find a cheap hotel but there were none and everything else that we could remotely afford was booked.
A friend’s brother worked at a posh inn and we slept at a ramshackle dormitory for workers, on the floor, amid smelly socks and shoes. The next day, the police released our belongings from an actual jail cell and we left the island.
By comparison, the 50 undocumented immigrants, mostly from Venezuela, who were flown to Martha’s Vineyard this week will have luxury accomodations on a cot with free meals at a church.
But officials there warn the arrangement must be short lived. Why?
It’s time for the Democratic architects of America’s open border policy to feel the effects of that policy.
I applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for flying these immigrants to such a soft spot, where they are surrounded by the likes of former Democratic President Barack Obama, who owns a $11.5 million waterfront house there.
I currently reside in Tucson, AZ, an hour from the Mexican border, where I see the effects of the Democratic open border policy every day. Illegal immigration is not an intellectual exercise here - it’s the reality. Why shouldn’t it be the reality at Martha’s Vineyard?
Can’t Martha’s Vineyard house undocumented immigrants in hotels, like Tucson.
Can’t Martha’s Vineyard open homeless shelters, as border communities must.
Doesn’t Martha’s Vineyard have parks for homeless encampments?
Surely Martha’s Vineyard has traffic intersections for beggars?
How dare the people of Martha’s Vineyard say they aren’t prepared to care for the mostly economic immigrants whom they have invited to our nation’s shores.
Tucson was recently ranked by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion site, as one of the 50 worst cities in America with a population of 65,000+.
Tucson’s poverty rate is 24%. The Census Bureau reports 128,000 Tucsonians live in poverty, out of 520,040 city residents. The poverty here is more than twice the national average. A third of Tucson’s elementary school children are on public assistance.
City-Data.com says the rate of crime here is 1.4 times the U.S. average and 91% higher than other U.S. cities. There is constant gang violence; police cannot be relied upon to deal with misdemeanors and property crimes.
I thought a vacationing neighbor was being robbed in June and called Tucson police but was told they were too busy to respond.
A shocking number of pedestrians die after being hit by cars here - 28 so far in 2022- and many drivers flee the scene. There is no traffic control. If you don’t drive defensively here, you’re asking for trouble.
Beggers with illegible handwritten signs occupy most major intersections in Tucson, some in wheel chairs, and there are homeless encampments in city parks.
Last summer, I waited eight hours in emergency room at the best hospital in Tucson. It was packed with the world’s poor. A woman held a dishtowel to her bleeding forehead. Another woman cried out that she hadn’t eaten in nine hours and threatened to urinate in her wheel chair if she wasn’t taken to a restroom. It was a scene from a third-world country.
Meanwhile, city and county leaders are Democrats who follow the national party line, even as the people they claim to care about suffer.
In an interview by NPR earlier this year, Tucson’s Democratic Mayor Regina Romero welcomed the surge of people coming across the southern border since the Democratic Biden administration lifted pandemic-era restrictions on so-called asylum-seekers. “We can no longer give in to the anti-immigrant political gamesmanship by Republicans trying to trivialize the right to seek asylum and the need we have for immigrant labor in this country,” she said.
An estimated two million undocumented immigrants have entered the country since Biden was elected. They have to go somewhere. It’s only fair to ask those who have created this chaotic and inhumane situation to do their fair share to address the consequences of their policies.