Newsletter: Differing Views on Migrants in Martha’s Vineyard


Sunday, September 18, 2022

We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, 

Governor DeSantis Sends Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard 

Red-state governors have recently adopted the tactic of transporting migrants from the southern border into predominantly liberal areas. Their intention is to partially shift the burden of housing the migrants from border states to blue states whose public officials often endorse “sanctuary” policies. These efforts culminated on Wednesday when Ron DeSantis flew 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, leaving them on the island without notifying local officials beforehand. Upon their arrival, the migrants were housed in a church, then eventually transported off the island within 24 hours of their arrival. The tactic sparked debate about whether the migrants received humane treatment. While questions still loom about what the migrants were told before boarding the plane, an MSNBC reporter acknowledged that the migrants preferred Martha’s Vineyard to their previous accommodations. Nevertheless, many political commentators, including some on the center-right, were critical of DeSantis. 

Our own Scott Howard took issue with the tactic, especially since it was seemingly done (at least in part) to boost DeSantis’ national profile.  

“They are not packages to be shipped around the country on a whim; they are human beings, and playing political hot-potato with their lives is not conservative, presidential, or even decent. 

Conservatism is supposed to be about a principled, constitutional approach to problems. It is not about personal ambitions, or about attacking the political opposition. This move by DeSantis has nothing to do with the former point, and everything to do with the latter two. We should expect, and demand, more from our elected officials–especially those who have ambitions beyond their current office.” 

Many conservatives lamented the disproportionate media attention given to the 50 migrants at Martha’s Vineyard compared to the thousands at the southern border. For instance, former Congressman Will Hurd, a Texan known for his bipartisanship and measured rhetoric, decried the Democrats’ years-long record of ignoring the border crisis. Hurd lamented that border communities “have been feeding, housing, and comforting immigrants for years” with limited federal support.  

This might not be the last we hear of this issue before the midterms, since DeSantis has stood by his decision, and promised to continue transporting migrants northward.  


In his first piece as a Lone Conservative contributor, Scott Howard looks at the complexities behind what is often referred to as the “deep state”, explaining the entrenched bias within administrative agencies. Howard argues that the best strategy to combat the politicization of the administrative agencies is to “attack the root of the problem—the ability for bias to manifest itself through policy.”  

One last thing 

We would like to take a moment to check in on the craziest member of the United States Senate: Mazie Hirono calling for people to take up arms against the pro-life movement. 

It goes without saying but imagine the media coverage if a Republican Senator had made such a comment. 

See you next week, 

The Newsletter Team

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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