Critics say GOP is 'using children as political pawns' after migrants unexpectedly flown to Martha's Vineyard

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Critics say GOP is 'using children as political pawns' after migrants unexpectedly flown to Martha's Vineyard

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Volunteers on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts found themselves scrambling to find shelter, food, water and other services to accommodate the unforeseen arrival of 50 migrants, including the elderly and children, who were flown there Wednesday as part of what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls a relocation program.

The move echoes similar actions by other Republican politicians in recent months. Since the spring, GOP governors in Texas and Arizona have transported several thousand migrants and asylum seekers to New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. — all cities with Democratic mayors.

Yet, unlike those major cities, the unexpected arrivals in Martha's Vineyard weren't met with migrant resources and services, such as immigration courts where their asylum hearings can be heard. Many of the migrants didn't know where they were going, and local officials were not given any advance notice of the flight's arrival, Nick Giovanni of CBS News' Boston station WBZ reported Thursday.

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