Nantucket’s Ready!

Police chief says Nantucket is ready if immigrants are flown to the island
Martha's Vineyard, MA - September 15: A handful of migrants outside of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Two planes of migrants from Venezuela arrived suddenly Wednesday night on Martha's Vineyard. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Nantucket is a well-to-do Massachusetts vacation island like Martha’s Vineyard, where Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis last week sent about 50 migrants.
  • Nantucket residents and visitors are generally considered more Republican- or conservative-leaning than those in Martha’s Vineyard.
  • “It may seem burdensome, but if those southern governors thought they were putting a burden on our community, well, they were wrong,” Nantucket Police Chief Bill Pittman said late last week. “We’re ready for it.”
  • Vineyard officials sent the migrants to a joint military base on the mainland, Cape Cod, arguing they could be better cared for there.

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