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Migrants airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard wanted ‘better life’: lawmaker

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Many of the migrants who were airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard were families, a local lawmaker said. Massachusetts State Senator Julian Cyr said the migrants were looking for a “better life”. Dozens of migrants have been airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard as part of a move planned by Florida Governor DeSantis. Something is loading.

Many asylum-seeking migrants airlifted to Massachusetts Island from Martha’s Vineyard by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were family members seeking a ‘better life’, a local lawmaker said Wednesday. to Insider.

Among the 49 mostly Venezuelan migrants who were taken to the upscale coastal enclave of Texas last week were 27 “family units”, Massachusetts State Sen. Julian Cyr said. explaining that some couples and groups were brothers or cousins.

The majority of the migrants were men in their 20s and 30s, the Democratic politician said. The group included six children, he said.

One migrant, a 26-year-old systems engineer, traveled to the United States with his two brothers from Venezuela, Cyr said.

“These are people trying to have a better life,” said Cyr, who personally spoke to several of the immigrants after DeSantis flew them on two charter planes to Martha’s Vineyard without notice last week, sparking a political storm. .

Cyr said Venezuela is “a failed regime under a communist dictatorship.” Migrants, Cyr said, spoke “of how they are fleeing this regime for opportunities, for democracy.”

“I think we have to keep reminding everyone involved that we are talking about human beings and seeing human beings, vulnerable, who were legally seeking a better life, who have been used as political pawns,” Cyr said. .

A migrant group on Tuesday filed a federal class action lawsuit against DeSantis and other state officials, alleging they carried out a “scheme to defraud vulnerable immigrants to advance a political motive.”

Lawyers representing the majority of migrants called on state and federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into what they called a “disgraceful political stunt.”

The immigrants have since been moved to a military base in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

“It’s not about finding solutions to immigration,” Cyr, who represents Martha’s Vineyard, told Insider. “This is a political stunt at the expense of vulnerable people – it’s disgusting. It’s not American.”

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