“I would love to see the Obamas open up their huge property and erect tents and look after all these people while they’re being processed”
Longtime Martha’s Vineyard residents hailed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ move to relocate migrants to the vacation island as a way of highlighting President Biden’s border crisis — with one suggesting Friday that ex-President Barack Obama’s $12 million estate should have been used as a processing center.
The idyllic enclave off the coast of Massachusetts was plunged into chaos and the local tourist board declared a “humanitarian crisis’’ Thursday after just 50 Venezuelan migrants landed there.
Resident Elizabeth Osborn Bostrom told The Post that she “stayed out of town most of the day “to avoid the commotion.
“People here leave their doors open. It’s safe and there’s no real crime, usually,” she said.
“I’m not upset they came here, but I’m a little wary. I have my doors locked.”
But Bostrom added, “I don’t blame DeSantis one bit.”
“He’s trying to draw attention to the problem America has currently,” she said.
“It’s not an anti-immigration move. It’s bringing the biggest issue in America to people’s doorsteps.”
On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called in the National Guard to end the emergency and relocate the migrants to Joint Base Cape Cod, a military installation on the nearby mainland.
Jane Chittick, a former town official-turned-crime novelist, has lived in Martha’s Vineyard for 42 years but now spends part of the year in Florida.
Speaking to The Post on Friday, Chittick said: “I don’t think people like the Obamas with huge estates who live here in the summer will care (about the migrants).
“They have all these signs: ‘Private Property,’ ‘No Trespassing,’ ‘Do Not Come,’ ‘Police Are Patrolling.’ They’re not going to be on the streets in town or the church where a lot of the migrants were put last night.”
Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama own a $12 million estate on the island, where he famously threw a massive party celebrating his 60th birthday amid the coronavirus pandemic in August 2021, attended by hundreds of his celebrity friends.
“I would love to see the Obamas open up their huge property and erect tents and look after all these people while they’re being processed,” Chittick said.
Despite calls to keep the migrants on the island, Friday’s relocation put them out of sight of the island’s deep-pocketed and well-connected inhabitants, who include former Secretary of State John Kerry, comedians Amy Schumer and Seth Myers, director Spike Lee and ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.
“The people who live there are rich and removed from real life,” Chittick said, labeling them all “phonies.” “These people will love the fact the immigrants have been dropped off on their island, because now they can feel like part of the solution, helping these few people. But they’d never let them into their houses unless they were working.”
Chittick told The Post that the moneyed elites started to move to Martha’s Vineyard a little more than a decade ago, seeking a peaceful island lifestyle — and pricing out most working-class residents in the process.
On Thursday, DeSantis chartered two planes to transport around 50 migrants from Texas via Florida to Martha’s Vineyard to taunt Democratic leaders and stoke opposition to President Biden’s lax border policies.
The stunt sparked outrage among liberals, who accused DeSantis of using the migrants as “political pawns.”
Lisa Belcastro, the winter shelter coordinator for the Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard nonprofit, told reporters Thursday that “we do not have the services to take care of 50 immigrants, and we certainly don’t have housing.”
“We’re in a housing crisis as we are on this island, and so we don’t … have housing for 50 more people,” she said.
That assertion clashes with figures posted online by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, which says that the island “is home to roughly 17,000 year-round residents” but that “the population increases to nearly 200,000” during the summer.
In addition, 63% of all the homes there “belong to seasonal residents.”
More at: NYPost.com
China Now Owns Large Section of Land Near Pearl Harbor – Another Effort to Disrupt US Response to China Offensive?
Starting in 2015, a Chinese real estate development company called China Oceanwide Holdings began buying land on Oahu in the Hawaii Islands just ten miles west of the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.
The stated intent of the land purchases was to build a luxury hotel and homes, but nothing was ever built, even though China Oceanwide had accumulated land worth over 500 million dollars in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor.
The following is raw intelligence from sources inside China.
According to those sources, a Chinese intelligence agent is operating in Hawaii, whose real name is Tao Huang, but would likely be using an alias.
He is from Beijing, holds a high rank in China’s People’s Liberation Army and received special training from its General Staff Department.
Tao Huang is believed to be an agent of the Foreign Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and is said to be working in the real estate development industry.
He is allegedly a lead agent assigned to develop a Chinese intelligence network in the Hawaiian Islands, part of which may include electronic sabotage of U.S. military communication systems.
More at: theGatewayPundit.com
No, Transporting Undocumented Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard is Not “Literally Human Trafficking”
Hillary Clinton today agreed with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sending 50 undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard is “literally human trafficking.” There are good-faith reasons to oppose the transportation to migrants to the island, but, as a legal matter, this is legally nonsense.
On the program, Scarborough repeated the common claim that this transportation qualifies as “human trafficking.” In fairness to Scarborough and Clinton, some law professors have echoed this view which is wholly at odds with not just the governing statutory provisions but controlling case law.
Clinton, who is a lawyer, chimed in with the same dubious analysis:
“I think, Joe, you have laid out the craziness of the time in which we’re living where some politicians would rather not only have an issue but exacerbate it to the extent of literally human trafficking, as you said.”
So MSNBC and these legal experts are telling the public that the consensual transport of migrants within the country constitutes human trafficking. Human trafficking is not synonymous with moving humans in traffic. It is a legal term and a serious crime. It is always dangerous to introduce actual law into these legal claims, but it is worth noting a couple of salient facts.
This is not a program designed to put people in “peonage” under 18 U.S.C. 1581. Under 22 U.S.C. § 7102(11), prosecutions are based on “sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age” and “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.”
Neither is at play in this program.
The Justice Department has long interpreted its mandate for prosecution under this provision as addressing “a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.”