The nuances in immigration law after DeSantis sent migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

  • Most of the migrants received humanitarian parole after entering the U.S. and plan to apply for asylum. Humanitarian parole allows people to remain in the U.S. temporarily for a compelling emergency. 
  • People can apply for asylum within one year of their arrival, regardless of how they entered the U.S.
  • There is debate over whether people who cross the border to apply for asylum are entering the country illegally. However, once a person has an asylum application in process, they are allowed to remain in the U.S. as they await a decision.

Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis used state taxpayers’ money to relocate about 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

DeSantis accuses President Joe Biden of not doing enough to secure the southern border. He said that many of the people who arrive there intend to go to Florida — and aren’t welcome.

“Our message to them is we are not a sanctuary state, and it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction,” DeSantis said Sept. 15, a day after two planes took Venezuelans to Martha’s Vineyard. “And yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures.”

The nuances in immigration law after DeSantis sent migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

The migrants were in San Antonio before being flown to Florida and then to Martha’s Vineyard.

DeSantis’ move — similar to what other Republican governors have done — has drawn a lot of national attention, misinformation and confusion. Here, we’ll sort out what we know about the immigrants at the center of this story and the related laws and policies.

Venezuelans sent to Martha’s Vineyard intend to apply for asylum

Most of the migrants received humanitarian parole after entering the U.S. and plan to apply for asylum, lawyers representing the migrants told PolitiFact. Humanitarian parole allows people to remain in the U.S. temporarily for a compelling emergency. 


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