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Martha’s Vineyard claims ‘housing crisis’ as illegal aliens arrive


Residents of Martha’s Vineyard say a ‘housing crisis’ is preventing them from properly housing illegal aliens on the elite coastal island. At the same time, tons of sprawling summer properties, owned by the wealthy, lie empty and readily available as makeshift shelters.

Late last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) sent two planes full of 50 illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard, where former President Obama owns a $12 million estate with 29 acres , seven bedrooms and more than seven bathrooms.

Martha’s Vineyard officials quickly declared a “humanitarian crisis” in response to the new arrivals, and they were deported within 48 hours to Joint Base Cape Cod.

A Breitbart News analysis found the island could be home to up to six million cross-border commuters and illegal aliens if needed. Residents, however, told Fox News that Martha’s Vineyard is experiencing a “housing crisis” that prevents them from housing illegal aliens:

“There is no place to live here” she says. “The accommodation is bad.” [Emphasis added]

“We have a major housing crisis as it is,” echoed Rachel Hines, who works for the nonprofit Vineyard Preservation Trust. [Emphasis added]

Airbnb and Vrbo listings show there are tons of empty summer homes on Martha’s Vineyard today, as wealthy residents rent out their properties to the highest bidders during the non-summer months.

Luxury New England homes in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA, on a beautiful fall day. Martha’s Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts and is known as an affluent summer colony.

Martha's Vineyard claims 'housing crisis' as illegal aliens arrive

Victorian waterfront homes in Oak Bluffs, a town on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA. Oak Bluffs is a romantic Victorian resort town.

On Vrbo, one such property is renting for over $1,600 a night and can accommodate up to 15 people. Another has five bedrooms and five bathrooms and can sleep up to 10 people, renting for nearly $1,700 a night.

A property known as the “Carousel House”, featured in the New York Times, can also accommodate up to 10 people and rents for $1,375 a night. One property sits on the waterfront and sleeps 10, renting for around $2,800 a night.

On Airbnb, there are rentals all over Martha’s Vineyard. One property currently rents for $2,000 a night and can sleep up to 10 people. Another listed property sleeps up to 15 people and is known as the “Luxurious Captain’s Mansion” for its colonial-era architecture and waterfront views.

To accommodate the 50 illegal alien arrivals, residents only had to open five Martha’s Vineyard homes, provided each could accommodate 10 people. As far as Breitbart News is aware, no residents have opened their homes to newcomers.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.



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