Nantucket braces for possible migrant flight on Tuesday

Authorities on another tony Massachusetts island — Nantucket — said a plane full of migrants could arrive Tuesday after airport workers told police they expect a plane with “a lot of similarities” to the one carrying Venezuelans to Martha’s Vineyard in last month.

Police on the island, a popular resort and wealthy enclave, said they will be prepared.

“In the event that a flight of migrants arrives, the Nantucket Police Department and many other city departments have a detailed plan to handle such a situation,” the department said in a news release over the weekend.

It is unclear who will be on the plane. The Inquirer and Mirror newspaper reported that it is a business flight out of Chicago, although it is being operated by the same company that flew about 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis arranged evacuations of migrants. Many of them were from Venezuela and reported to Texas for the trip to Massachusetts.

Republicans derided Massachusetts authorities for going into emergency mode and hurling the migrants to the mainland after they landed, saying the island declared itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

Islanders said they sympathized with the travelers and mocked Mr. DeSantis for the lack of coordination with the local population prior to the surprise flight.

Some of the migrants filed a class-action lawsuit against Florida’s governor. They say they were given false promises about what awaited them in Massachusetts.

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