GEORGETOWN, Del. (CBS) – The state of Delaware prepares for the arrival of a plane carrying migrants. This is an escalation of the new Republican strategy to send asylum seekers to Democratic strongholds without prior warning.
Such transfers raise a lot of controversy. Republicans say it is shifting the burden of care to immigrant-friendly sanctuary cities. Democrats say it’s political theater and criticize it as inhuman.
The plane carrying Texas immigrants, believed to be mostly Venezuelans, is reportedly on its way to Delaware, but will not arrive on Tuesday as expected.
Among those willing to help is the vice president of Casa de Venezuela Greater Philadelphia Rossana Arteaga-Lopenza.
“I think it’s really sad that we are using human life as a political feat,” Arteaga-Lopenza said. “It must be sad. We are manipulated to move for the convenience of their political gain.”
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent a migrant flight to Martha’s Vineyard.
The Sheriff of Bexar County, Texas, investigates whether it was a crime.
Some migrants say they have been deceived with false promises to live and work.
“The people of Delaware welcome visitors to their state,” said Diane Batchik, member of the national board of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. “They are a friendly community and there is already a strong presence of immigrants here, so they made the wrong choice.”
Delaware Governor John Carney’s office says it has received no notice from Florida or Texas governors that migrants are coming, but says the state will not reject migrants.
“Are we prepared to meet their most urgent needs, housing, shelter, or do they need medical care? Transport, food, ”said Jill Fredel, director of communications for the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services. “We are prepared to meet all these needs and we will do it for as long as it is needed.”
While it is not known who is sending the plane, immigration rights groups say the flight raises legal and ethical questions.
“Stop it, stop it now. These are people,” said Batchik. “These are human beings. We all came from somewhere. “
Migrants were expected to arrive at Delaware Coastal Airport, which is 20 miles from President Joe Biden’s beach house, on Thursday afternoon, but the flight was delayed. Now there’s not a word when it comes.
CBS Philadelphia has asked the governors of Texas and Florida for comment and is still waiting for a response.
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