Crisis on the Vineyard.

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Paul GleiserCrisis on the Vineyard.

Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is quite the place to be if you’re rich, liberal and white.

Really rich. Really liberal. And really white.

(That is unless your name is Obama. In that case rich and liberal will suffice to qualify you to buy a 7,000 square foot home on 29 acres for just under $15 million.)

Because Vineyard residents are such good liberals who care so much about the “less fortunate,” those residents are down for the struggle of illegal immigration. That is until illegal migrants actually show up in the flesh. That’s when things start to change.

Fifty such illegal migrants arrived on the Vineyard thanks to Florida governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis collected them in San Antonio following their apprehension on the Texas-Mexico border by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, who then turned the migrants loose into the country. All 50 went to Martha’s Vineyard voluntarily.

Listen to Lisa Belcastro, the coordinator of the Martha’s Vineyard homeless shelter, as she stammers to the media about the “crisis” that suddenly befell her wealthy liberal enclave.

The difficult challenges are…uh…at some point in time they have to move from here to somewhere else. Right? We cannot…we don’t have the services to take care of 50 immigrants. And, we certainly don’t have housing. We’re in a housing crisis as we are on this island. And…so that …we don’t…we can’t house everyone here that lives here and works here. We don’t have housing for 50 more people.”

I have the Liberal-to-English Translator app on my iPhone. When Ms. Belcastro says, “We’re in a housing crisis,” it means that there aren’t enough multi-million-dollar homes available on Martha’s Vineyard to satisfy the demands of rich, white liberals wanting to buy one.

The very, very rich on Martha’s Vineyard own more than mere homes. They own compounds – compounds that can easily accommodate 50 overnight guests, so long as those guests are of the right sort. But poor, illiterate, social services-consuming migrants from third world hellholes don’t meet that description. Thus, according to Ms. Belcastro, their arrival on the Vineyard means they will have to be “moved from here to somewhere else.” (Read: anywhere else.)

The hypocrisy is just breathtaking.

If one of the wealthiest enclaves in the western hemisphere can’t feed and house 50 impoverished migrants, how do they imagine that a poor town like, say, Eagle Pass, Texas deals with thousands of such migrants every single week?

Small towns in Texas and Arizona have been forced to turn over essentially their entire annual municipal budgets to feeding, clothing, housing, medicating, educating and incarcerating the flood of illegal migrants that has swamped our border from the first days of the Biden presidency. All while the pasty white denizens of places like Martha’s Vineyard preen themselves about how much they “care” about the poor.

How does this make any sense?

Oh wait, I remember. It’s because there is no greater hypocrite in the Milky Way galaxy than a rich, white liberal.

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Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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12 Responses

  1. Richard Anderson says:

    Great column.

    As the formerly “all for illegal immigration” residents of Martha’s Vineyard have now made a 180 degree turn and can’t tolerate illegal foreign nationals in their own backyard making it off limits, then the entire USA is off limits.. meaning all 50 states and U.S. territories!

    NO illegal foreign national has an inherent right to come to the United States violating our law by crashing our border! These leftist enclaves of DC, NYC, and Martha’s Vineyard have made the case because they are now experiencing the very real problems of dealing with persons who should NOT even be in the USA. Dems on Capitol Hill in Washington DC must act NOW by closing & securing our border and making “remain in Mexico or outside the US” official policy as the border catastrophe as it is now is DESTROYING America.

    NO nation can remain a nation without a border. And no nation can assimilate so many in so short a time.. and the Biden administration isn’t even vetting these invaders on top of all its many other gross policy errors!

    Our beloved America must “button down the border tight” to STOP this “nation destroying policy” as deadly fentanyl, child & women sex trafficking, and the terror threat of those seeking to cross our border undetected must STOP once and for all.

    President Trump had nearly completed “The Wall” on the border.. then Biden & Co. made the asinine decision to dismantle Trump’s wise policy on the border. Only President Trump has the “steel” to push back hard enough to “finish the job” and restore order and common sense.

    Thomas Klingenstein, of The Claremont Institute is RIGHT.

    Only President Trump in 2024 can ferret out and “best” those who are hell bent on destroying our Constitutional Republic as Founded in 1776.

  2. Linda M says:

    As long as they were FAR FAR away from the “problem” everything was fine. But when the “problem” came to THEM, that was unacceptable! They complained that they didn’t have the resources to keep 50 migrants. Well, how would they like to have two or three million walk across their borders and expected to be fed and housed. They bellyached and griped about FIFTY??? Give me a break!

  3. Ed Portier says:

    That civil war you talked about? It will be between those that have and those that have not.

    The rich get richer and the poor have kids.

    • Buddy Saunders says:

      The rich abort their children, and having done so, use the school to propagandize our children into woke idiots like themselves.

  4. Buddy Saunders says:

    Paul, your column this week is among your shortest, but it takes very little words to expose the hypocrisy at work here. Border property owners every day have to deal with illegals trespassing, destroying property, stealing, even threatening the lives of families, and absolutely nothing is being done about it by the federal government.

    Were the same thing to happen in Martha’s Vineyard, the illegals would have a harder time of it. Rather than cutting fences to trespass, they would have to scale walls and get past armed security. But in cases where they might succeed, you can be sure the full force of the federal government would come down on them. On the pristine streets of Martha’s Vineyard we will never see homeless encampments or the like because the elites live under one set of rules, and the rest of us under another.

    There are two reasons why both political parties are allowing illegal immigration on this grand scale. The Democrat Party sees a new pool of future voters that will insure future one-party rule. Secondly, with only a few exceptions, the Republican Party is as one with the Democrats in advancing the desires of big corporations seeking an ever-growing pool of cheap labor. Pres. Trump stood in the way of these goals and will again when he returns as president in 2024.

  5. Mike says:

    Paul, I must correct you on one specific mistake, Martha’s Vineyard is not all rich white folks. Does not one, Barak Hussen Obama have a rather large mansion on this elite island?

    Let’s not forget it is not only Martha’s Vineyard that is shipping these illegals out of their city. Anyone heard from Chicago? I am willing to bet Mayor Lightfoot is not allowing them to hang around her esteemed city as well.

    Great article as usual. Said this once will say it again: These people are all ILLEGAL. Illegal means they have no legitimate standing under the laws of the USA period. Every one of them must be sent back to their home country. We need to follow Martha’s Vinyard’s precedent; even if they are a bunch of snot nosed hypocrites!

  6. Jim A. says:

    News flash:
    Dems Insist: ‘Believe The Science’ On When Human Life Begins – For Babies, After They’re Born; For Migrants, After Red States Send Them Somewhere Else

  7. Jim A. says:

    (I e , believe the *political* science.(

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