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1108, 18 Sep 22

Martha’s Vinyard Reflects on Brush with Illegals

This story is so rich for so many reasons that the author did not intend. It reeks of the privilege that they don’t even see.

The asylum seekers howed Stallings cell phone video taken during the journey across a remote Central American jungle, pointing out migrants who died along the way.

“It was like she was showing me cat videos but it was actually their journey and what they endured to get here,” said Stallings, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services nonprofit. “There were bodies and moms with babies trying to get through mud that was like clay.”

“The heartbreaking part is seeing these beautiful young ladies become desensitized,” said her husband, Larkin Stallings, 66, an Oak Bluffs bar owner who sits on the nonprofit’s board. “For them, they just flip and show you a picture.”

Indeed. It is heartbreaking. And it’s been happening for years. Thanks for waking up and realizing that this is a human travesty.

Martha’s Vineyard had not been expecting them but a small army of activists mobilized to help people who had become pawns in the contentious debate over America’s broken immigration system.

Notice how they paint themselves as heroes? Saviors? Another way to read this is that they mobilized law enforcement and military forces to get the illegals off their island as soon as possible. They were a 44-hour intrusion on the residents’ otherwise idyllic lives.

“I want them to have a good life,” she said. “I want the journey they experienced and the hardships they experienced to have been worth it for them and their families. I want them to come to America and be embraced. They all want to work. And I just I want their journey to have a happy ending.”

She wants that for them… just not on Martha’s Vinyard. She wants them to have all of that as long as it’s somewhere else. That’s easy, unintrusive, sentimentalism. It is not as easy when they actually stay in your community for months or years and your entire infrastructure sags under the weight of their need.

In Mexico, Torrealba said, the couple and other migrants were briefly abducted by members of the Zetas cartel, a violent drug trafficking organization. When he told them he could not make the extortion payment to allow them to continue, he said, a cartel member used pliers to pull out his two gold teeth.

Again. The is pervasive. Biden’s border policies are fueling the cartels and making casual cruelty the norm.

“We’ve got their backs and they are not alone. And to that end, I would like to specifically thank Trader Fred for donating underwear because Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t have a Walmart down the street,” she said, referring to the migrants and a local retailer who stepped up to help them.

Again with the privilege. As if they are ill-equipped to supply 50 illegals because they don’t have a Walmart. But those scratchy border towns have Walmarts, so they are fine.

“The governor of Florida got it wrong,” he said. “I think he thought we wouldn’t know what to do. And actually people here really give a damn. They really care.”

Did he get it wrong? The residents of Martha’s Vinyard gave a damn for all of 44 hours before whisking the illegals off the island. Meanwhile they pat themselves on the back for their compassion. Compassion is easy when you only have to maintain it for less than two days.

The migrants “will be housed in dormitory-style spaces … with separate spaces accommodating both individuals and families,” and families will not be separated, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said in a news release. They will have access to services including legal, health care, food, hygiene kits, and crisis counseling.

“I kept telling them it was like a dormitory. I didn’t want to say you’re going to a military base,” she said. “We want to go make sure they’re OK.”

So you lied to them. It’s not a dorm. It’s a military base.

And in the end, DeSantis and Abbot were right. The illegals have access to services in northern states too.

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1108, 18 September 2022

16 Comments

  1. dad29

    All we hear from retailers and service-sector employers is “WE CANNOT FIND EMPLOYEES!!!”

    Are we to understand that ‘lack of employees’ is NOT a problem in Martha’s Vineyard?

    Inquiring minds, and all that………

  2. Merlin

    “The governor of Florida got it wrong,” he said. “I think he thought we wouldn’t know what to do. And actually people here really give a damn. They really care.”

    Yep. Cared so much they shipped them off to elsewhere in under 48 hours. Just like an unscheduled trash pickup.

  3. Tuerqas

    Well they have really good trash pick up services in Martha’s vineyard.

    Note for Penquin: The above statement was sarcasm and for reading enjoyment only. The writer does not really know if the trash system in Martha’s vineyard is truly good and cannot provide proof of same.

  4. jonnyv

    Dad29, no MV does NOT have jobs on the small exclusive island. My guess is that if they did, they are seasonal at best.

    I really love how many on the right are trying to spin the immigrants leaving Martha’s Vineyard as they were “kicked off”. They are literally going to a place that has better facilities for them. The island has 1 small homeless shelter, and not enough people to help even 50 immigrants.

    But sure, keep trying to ignore the cruelty and lies of DeSantis and whoever else planned this. Purposefully sending them to a place that he knew couldn’t accommodate them. At least the ones dropped off at the VP’s house were in Wash DC that has facilities that can handle them.

  5. Tuerqas

    JV, do you believe we should have open borders?

  6. dad29

    The island has 1 small homeless shelter, and not enough people to help even 50 immigrants.

    The island also has room for another 100,000 people. Hell, Obama’s little dump alone could house 10,000 if he got a few tents like he did for his birthday bash.

    Being herded by armed forces to a Superfund site?

    That’s a real upgrade.

  7. Jason

    Travelocity lists over 900 properties on the island. That cute little gnome is smarter than you are JV. Take your lies somewhere else.

  8. Jason

    >Dad29, no MV does NOT have jobs on the small exclusive island. My guess is that if they did, they are seasonal at best.

    If you’re going to amplify misinformation by presenting it as a fact, and even capitalizing it, you should follow up with a second sentence that contains “my guess is”. You FOOL.

  9. Jason

    > you should follow up with a second sentence that contains “my guess is”.

    That should of course say you should NOT follow up with a second sentence that contains “my guess is”.

    You’re still a FOOL.

  10. Mar

    Was mayor

  11. MjM

    It’s a military base.

    And also a Superfund site, where restrictions include residential use.

  12. penquin

    Why is it that being accused of breaking an immigration law is enough to label a person as an “illegal” when we don’t regularly refer to convicted criminals as such?

    I have my theories, but would like to hear from others as to why they do so.

  13. Merlin

    Illegal alien is just descriptive of the alien’s immigration status. As is legal alien and resident alien. It’s only difficult to understand if you chose to make it so.

  14. Jason

    JV, are you equally outraged and PISSED at the mayor of El Paso shipping illegals to NY? Seems he’s sent far more than Abbot has… Yet that hasn’t been regurgitated by the MSM talking heads that you foolishly believe are journalists.

    https://nypost.com/2022/09/26/just-1-in-5-migrants-in-nyc-are-from-texas-gov-greg-abbott-despite-eric-adams-blame/

    >But the number of migrants Abbott bused to the city pales in comparison to the 4,230 that the Democratic mayor of El Paso, Texas, Oscar Leeser’s office confirmed Friday had been sent by his administration in an agreement with Adams.

    Keep telling the big lie about how the evil Republicans are using these poor souls for political gain. Keep telling the big lie about how these poor souls are the only people willing to work.

  15. Mar

    “Why is it that being accused of breaking an immigration law is enough to label a person as an “illegal” when we don’t regularly refer to convicted criminals as such?”
    I prefer the term thug.

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