The Delaware governor’s office and local community groups are mobilizing for the possibility of migrants arriving in Georgetown unannounced Tuesday, as a plane is scheduled to leave Texas and land at the Delaware Coastal Airport later today.
While the plane had not left Texas as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Gov. John Carney’s spokesperson Emily David Hershman said the governor’s office is aware of the reports and is preparing for the potential arrival.
“Our teams at [Delaware Emergency Management Agency] and [Delaware Department of Health and Social Services] are working with community organizations and other partners to make sure that migrants who arrive here have the support that they need,” Hershman said.
This comes after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent 48 Venezuelan people from the San Antonio airport to Martha’s Vineyard on two private planes last week. A Texas sheriff later announced on Monday that he has opened an investigation into the legality of these flights,
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted earlier this week that Rehoboth Beach would be a potential destination for the influx of people crossing the border, especially since President Joe Biden has a vacation home in North Shores near Rehoboth.
Here are live updates of what we know so far.
Mike Brickner, executive director of ACLU Delaware, said the organization has been working with state officials and other community groups to coordinate a response since Monday night.
“This is cruel and immoral,” Brickner said.
Recognizing the earlier flights to Martha’s Vineyard, the ACLU director denounced DeSantis for “taking advantage of people who have traveled across several countries … who are simply trying to make a better life for themselves.”
Considering that governors from Texas and Florida have sent migrants to other politically notable places like the U.S. vice president’s home, it is still possible that the arrivals could arrive closer to Biden’s home in Rehoboth.
Rehoboth Beach Mayor Stan Mills said in a written statement Monday afternoon that the city was “aware of this situation and is actively reaching out to partners to be as prepared as possible should this situation arise.”
Those partners include officials from state and federal agencies, as well as community service organizations, according to city spokesperson Lynne Coan.
A spokesperson for Sussex County government referred a Delaware Online reporter to the state Department of Health and Social Services.
for them when they arrived in Martha’s Vineyard, advocates and immigration attorneys told USA TODAY reporters.
The areas where these people are being sent have been unprepared for the migrants. In Martha’s Vineyard, high school students acted as translators. In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a public emergency as a result, and created an Office of Migrant Services.
WHY THIS IS HAPPENING
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said last week that the city’s homeless shelter system was “nearing its breaking point” due to the influx of 11,000 migrants that have been sent to the country’s largest city. New York requires that every homeless person have a bed to sleep in.
Many of these migrants are Venezuelan and part of a global diaspora of millions of people who left the country to escape a depressed economy and a dictatorial regime amid power outages, lack of access to reliable water, rampant inflation and political turmoil.
This is a developing story. Check back with Delaware Online for more updates.
Delaware Online reporters Shannon Marvel McNaught, Hannah Edelman and Meredith Newman contributed to this report. Reporter Tom McLaughlin of Pensacola News Journal and photographer Devon Ravine of Northwest Florida Daily News also contributed.
Emily Lytle covers Sussex County from the inland towns to the beaches, with a focus on health-related issues. Got a story she should tell? Contact her at [email protected] or 302-332-0370. Follow her on Twitter at @emily3lytle.