Migrants who arrived in Martha's Vineyard to be moved to Cape Cod

The roughly 50 Venezuelan migrants who were flown from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Wednesday were transported to Cape Cod on Friday, where they will have

access to food, shelter and emergency services, a statement from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said. The migrants will be brought to an emergency shelter at

Joint Base Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, which served as an alternative medical care site during the Covid-19 pandemic, and as a shelter for displaced Louisiana

residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “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, a Republican, said in a statement. “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.” The migrants’ arrival

on Martha's Vineyard came as a surprise to the island community, known as a popular vacation spot for the wealthy and political elite, including former President Barack Obama.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, later confirmed he had facilitated the move.