It was a political stunt meant to embarrass a vacation enclave known for attracting liberal, A-list celebrities.

With reportedly no warning to local officials, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis surprised the island of Martha’s Vineyard by sending two planes filled with about 50 migrants, many of them from Venezuela. The migrants, who boarded the planes in San Antonio, Texas, said they were promised jobs, housing and education in an undisclosed location. Unable to read or speak English, most didn’t even know where they were when they landed.

This commentary was originally written for the Washington Post.

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