MEMA provides video of inside Joint Base Cape Cod where 50 migrants are being housed

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Governor Charlie Baker released new details Sunday regarding the shelter and humanitarian support being provided at Joint Base Cape Cod for the 50 Venezuelan migrants who were unexpectedly sent to Martha’s Vineyard this week.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says he sent two planes carrying about 50 migrants to the Vineyard on Wednesday in protest against the rise of illegal immigration and to draw attention to what Republican-led states consider to be the Biden administration’s failed border policies.

On Friday, 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard were activated as the migrants were voluntarily relocated from Martha’s Vineyard to Joint Base Cape Cod.

Baker’s office released more details Sunday on the services being provided at the facility, which the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is coordinating to ensure access to food, shelter, and essential needs for these men, women, and children.

Baker said “the dormitory-style” space at Joint Base Cape Cod allows families to remain together and to ensure their continued safety, security, and privacy.

MEMA continues to collaborate with state agencies and non-profit organizations to provide individuals and families with access to a variety of services including, clothing, hygiene kits, food and drinks, transportation, and access to health care, and legal services.

State Rep. Fernandes and lawyers for Civil Rights called upon U.S. attorney Rachael Rollins and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to open a criminal investigation into what they called a “political stunt.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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