PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Some Palm Beach County immigrants are disappointed that the Sunshine State may not be the place for migrants seeking a better life, saying they left a hostile place to face the The situation is more tense here in the states.
This comes after Gov.Ron Desantis proposed “more and more” migrants will be relocated from Florida.
“We don’t want leaflets, we want to work,” said Karym Salcido, a Venezuelan-American.
Salcido shares the pain of the Venezuelan people as they leave their country in the hope of a better life.
“The first time I saw a Venezuelan crossing the river, I cried,” Salcido said. “I cried a lot because never in my life did I think we (would be) in this terrible situation.”
Salcido said Venezuelans seeking sanctuary in the United States was not an easy decision and feels her people are being treated like political pawns.
“People are running from Venezuela because they’re scared,” Salcido said. “They are scared about these human rights situations.”
For organizations like the Maya Center in Guatemala, DeSantis’ move is painting the wrong picture of Florida.
“We are also sending the message that in Florida we do not accept migrants,” said Mariana Blanco, assistant executive director of the Guatemala Maya Maya Center. “They have to be moved elsewhere and get resources elsewhere to be welcome.”
They are debating whether to sue the governor.
“Asylum is a right that everyone has and so the center’s stance is to meet people’s needs and not take them elsewhere,” Blanco said.
DeSantis said the migrants voluntarily signed the release forms and received information about Martha’s Vineyard.