GOP migrant resettlement efforts mirror 1960s ‘reverse freedom rides’: report
- Florida Governor Desantis transported 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
- The migrants told NPR they felt like they were going to work in Boston.
- Proponents have compared the tactic to the “Reverse Freedom Rides” of the 1960s.
The tactics used by Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis to move 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week resemble tactics used by southern segregationists during the 1960s “Reverse Freedom Rides”, CNN reported.
In a TweeterRepresentatives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library also recounted the segregationalist effort of the 1960s.
“To embarrass northern liberals and humiliate black people, Southern White Citizens’ Councils launched their so-called ‘Reverse Freedom Rides,’ giving black people one-way tickets to northern cities with bogus promises of jobs. , homes and better lives,” the library said.
On Wednesday, 50 migrants arrived at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts without any warning. DeSantis claimed responsibility for both thefts. The migrants were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard as part of an effort by Republican governors to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
DeSantis was following in the footsteps of several other GOP governors who in recent weeks have sent migrants to liberal cities. Texas Governor Greg Abbott flew about 8,000 migrants to Washington DC and another 2,200 to New York to protest Biden’s immigration policies.
NPR reported that the migrants believed they were heading to Boston for jobs. Three migrants told the media that a woman identified as “Perla” had promised them expedited work permits in Boston.
“She (Perla) offered us help. Help that never came,” one migrant, named Andres by the outlet, told NPR. “Now we are here. We got on the plane with a vision for the future, to do it.”
—JFK Library (@JFKLibrary) September 15, 2022
In 1962, the segregationist group called the White Citizens’ Council falsely promised hundreds of black Americans housing and jobs before sending them to cities like New York and Philadelphia in an effort called “Reverse Freedom Rides “, reported CNN.
“The Reverse Freedom Rides are not well known to many people, and it is important to understand that this tactic of using people as political pawns was used 60 years ago by segregationists and white supremacists,” Boston branch president Tanisha Sullivan told CNN.
“It’s important for us to amplify and highlight that parallel, so people can see that this kind of racist behavior and racist tactics are still being used today,” she added.