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Baker calls on feds to fix immigration system after sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

BOSTON — The Department of Homeland Security was not involved in transporting 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a spokesperson confirmed to WBZ-TV.

“It’s no secret that our immigration system is broken,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Sunday.

After speaking to MBTA reporters, Baker spoke about immigration and the 50 migrants who were stolen from Martha’s Vineyard last week.

“It’s no secret that our border is also broken because the immigration system is broken and states can’t fix it. Okay?” he added. “So any conversation with a governor really gets me nowhere.”

Specifically, Baker is referring to Florida Governor Ron Desantis, who says he mapped private planes to fly Venezuelan migrants from Texas, across Florida, to Martha’s Vineyard – without notifying any local government officials of their arrival. .

Baker has been a proponent of federal immigration reform for years, and in the wake of the Martha’s Vineyard “blowjob,” he’s not the only one calling on the federal government to do something about it. A group of attorneys from Lawyers for Civil Rights works directly with migrants, pairing them one-on-one with an immigration attorney.

The group called for a criminal investigation into Governor Desantis.

The migrants are “very traumatized by the fact that they were in one place and were transferred to Martha’s Vineyard and now had to be transferred to this military base”, explained lawyer Mirian Albert. “But in the end, I think they’re in a better mood [now].”

In the meantime, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson calls Desantis’ move a “political stunt”, saying he “treats people like cattle”.

Johnson, the Homeland Security Secretary under President Obama, defended the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement to Margaret Brennan on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I think this administration is unfairly seen as lax when it comes to border enforcement,” he said. “In fact, we’ve been firing over 100,000 people a month and have been for the past two years.”

Still, there’s room for improvement, Johnson said, especially as there’s a growing flow of migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela “who aren’t cooperating” with migration laws. ‘immigration.

“We need to move people inwards, but in a well-coordinated effort with Catholic NGOs and charities, state and local governments, and the federal government. There is a right way to do this. It requires coordination and cooperation,” says Johnson.