Migrants Flying To Martha’s Vineyard Draw Backlash From Church Leaders

Immigrants gather with their belongings in front of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew two immigrant planes to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they see as the Biden administration’s failed border policies . (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

The unexpected transport of migrants this week from southern Republican governors to northern Democratic-controlled areas has led to community action and heated discussions. governor of florida Ron DeSantis flew two migrant planes to the upscale island community in Massachusetts of Martha’s Vineyard, while Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed migrants to the Vice President’s residence in Washington, D.C. Kamala Harris.

Southern governors say their states are overwhelmed by illegal immigration and blame the policies of the Biden administration. But critics, including some church leaders, say dispatching people to make a point is not the solution.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden said, “Instead of working with us on solutions, Republicans are playing politics with human beings, using them as props. What they are doing is just wrong, it’s un-American, it’s reckless.

Residents of Martha’s Vineyard take care of migrants

When migrants began arriving on the island on Wednesday, the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, was attending an out-of-state conference. From there, the Reverend Vincent “Chip” Seadale began to focus its efforts on open the doors of the church to newcomers. “At night they can sleep on the pews or in the parish hall on the floor,” he said. “They are people like you and me, and they need care and attention.”

Before the migrants were moved to a military base on Cape Cod on Friday, residents of Martha’s Vineyard donated so much food and clothing that town officials had to ask them to stop. But on social media, some locals began “turning on each other”, one person tweet“calling on their friends not to let migrants into their summer residences”.

Some people admit to being in conflict over the tactic of transporting migrants. A Twitter user who describes himself as an “immigrant/refugee” writing“We should welcome refugees. However, often people who vote for softer border laws rarely have to interact with the reality of those laws.

And Pastor Joshua Manning, whose Missouri town has a large immigrant population, says Associated press Although it is “dehumanizing” to treat people as “political props”, the subject is difficult. Regions and groups that claim to support asylum seekers may not “see the difficulties of all that is associated with this”, he says.

Ed Stetzer on Immigration: “Let’s Fix the System”

In a statement, the editor of Outreach magazine Ed Stetzer says, “Playing political games earns points, and the hypocrisy of the current immigration system is easy to point out. However, this does not solve the real problems. Instead, he adds, “let’s fix the system and stop turning people into pawns for political one-upmanship.”

Jerry B. Hatch