The Recorder – GOP governors ship migrants to Dem strongholds; Northampton, Amherst receive anonymous warning calls

Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying that her office and Amherst Town Hall received anonymous phone calls from someone claiming to represent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The person said that “buses were on the way to our respective communities containing individuals they described as ‘migrants.’ The caller indicated that our communities were identified based on our designation as sanctuary cities,” Sciarra said.

If the person is associated with Abbott, as he said, it would be unusual for the governor to warn the communities ahead of time. Sciarra said the caller used a blocked number.

Northampton and Amherst officials “are unable to substantiate” the caller’s claims, but in preparation for a potential influx of migrants, local leaders are partnering with state and federal agencies, as well as human services and immigrant advocacy organizations, “to plan for this eventuality,” Sciarra wrote.

Upon their arrival in Martha’s Vineyard, where former President Barack Obama has a home, migrants who were predominantly from Venezuela were provided with meals, shelter, health care and information about where to find work.

Source: The Recorder – GOP governors ship migrants to Dem strongholds; Northampton, Amherst receive anonymous warning calls