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In response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sending 50 illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard, a GoFundMe campaign was launched. In less than 48 hours of their arrival to Martha's Vineyard, the migrants were being shipped off to Joint Base Cape Cod. Despite the illegal aliens having been removed from the swanky liberal enclave, the GoFundMe campaign continued to accept donations for hours after the migrants had been removed from the island.
\u201cBuses have arrived in Edgartown to transport migrants from St. Andrew\u2019s Parish House.\n\nThere is one big bus and two shorter buses to transport folks off the island. People with bags are taking selfies and hugging volunteers goodbye\u201d— Samantha J. Gross (@Samantha J. Gross) 1663336246
Some liberals reacted to 50 migrants being sent to Martha's Vineyard by comparing DeSantis to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Some accused DeSantis of "kidnapping" and "human trafficking."
One individual created a campaign on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe to supposedly assist the illegal immigrants who were sent to Martha's Vineyard.
The GoFundMe campaign is labeled: "Urgent plea to help Martha's Vineyard migrants."
MassLive reported, "A GoFundMe account has raised thousands of dollars for the Venezuelan immigrants placed on the island. The account which was organized by Sarah Goulet will donate all proceeds toward the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation."
Goulet wrote, "By now, you have probably seen the shocking news that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis arranged to send two planeloads of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, to the island of Martha’s Vineyard."
"Officials and volunteers on the island have sprung into action to provide emergency services, shelter, food, and clothing," she continued. "Martha's Vineyard is a community of open-hearted individuals that view these migrants as people, not political pawns."
"However, the island is a resort community with only 20,000 year-round residents, and it already faces a shortage of affordable housing and off-season jobs," the GoFundMe listing stated. "Please join me in donating to the Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation, which can quickly distribute funds to the neediest organizations."
Goulet added, "This action by DeSantis is a cruel ruse that manipulates families seeking a better life — but we can help to provide support."
Goulet noted that "Martha's Vineyard is a very special place for my family and me," and that her parents have a home on the island.
According to Townhall reporter Mia Cathell, "The organizer is an Ivy League alum from an affluent family and New York comms exec who donated 6x to Kamala Harris. Her wedding on Martha's Vineyard was featured by NYT and her family's $1.6 million+ home there sits near a private association beach."
"The GoFundMe donations are going to Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation, which has assets under management of $14 million+," Cathell wrote on Twitter. "MVCF is also seeking money via a Migrant Relief Fund since residents are 'concerned about the well being of the migrants...on our Island.'"
Nonprofit database GuideStar revealed that the Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation has assets of $14,387,890
\u201cThe GoFundMe donations are going to Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation, which has assets under management of $14 million+. MVCF is also seeking money via a Migrant Relief Fund since residents are "concerned about the well being of the migrants...on our Island."\u201d— Mia Cathell (@Mia Cathell) 1663338884
Despite the migrants being relocated off Martha's Vineyard around 10 a.m., the crowdfunding campaign continued.
Goulet posted an update at 11 a.m. on Friday: "The migrants left Martha's Vineyard for the Cape this morning."
With the migrants having already been hauled off Martha's Vineyard, Goulet said the donations "will go to shoring up the organizations that provided assistance over the past few days and to building up a reserve to assist situations like this in the future, rather than directly helping this group of migrants and their situation."
Goulet wrote at 4 p.m., "All funds raised went directly to the MV Community Foundation, to distribute to the organizations with the most need."
The GoFundMe campaign raised a total of $42,516.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.