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‘Political stunt’: Nantucket, MV cited in national legislation

Liz Lerner
Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is filing an act that would turn 13 communities — including Martha's Vineyard — into ports of entry to process undocumented immigrants.

Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are the target of what many are calling a political stunt on the national level.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is filing what he's calling the Stop the Surge Act, which would turn 13 communities into ports of entry to process undocumented immigrants.

The islands were two of the communities. Cambridge, Newport and Block Island were also included.

Cruz, a Republican, called Nantucket and Vineyard residents "stuck-up liberals" on Fox News this week.

"How exactly do you think the rich, stuck-up liberals in [sic] Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard would react if they saw 10,000 - 20,000 - 50,000 - 100,000 illegal aliens being dropped off week after week, after week, on the Vineyard?"

Congressman Bill Keating, whose district includes the Cape and the Islands, called the legislation a “lame” political stunt.

"Why is it that whenever Ted Cruz is facing a crisis in Texas, his mind seems to wander to vacation destinations?" Keating fired back on Twitter Tuesday. "First it was Cancun, now it’s Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Last week he voted to default on our nation’s debt, now he’s wasting resources on lame political stunts."

Cruz made headlines when he vacationed in Cancun while millions of Texas residents were without power during a brutal winter storm.

Sam Houghton left CAI in February, 2023, to become News Editor at the Martha's Vineyard Times.
He worked at CAI since the summer of 2017. Before that, he worked at the Falmouth Enterprise, where he covered local politics.