We’re going to have a couple of posts inspired by PolitiFact today. In this one, PolitiFact is saying it is false that the military “deported” immigrants from Martha’s Vineyard. We didn’t think they were “deported” — more like kicked out after less than two days. But PolitiFact would like to make it especially clear that the military had nothing to do with it: the migrants were taken “voluntarily” to Joint Base Cape Cod, which is one of Massachusetts’ designated emergency shelters. It’s also a military base, but, you know.

Check out PolitiFact’s sources:

But the wealthy island is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis and not built to handle the sudden arrival of dozens of immigrants, according to Lisa Belcastro, the island’s homeless shelter coordinator. The Washington Post reported that the housing situation is so bad, even doctors can’t afford to live there anymore.

There is no year-round homeless shelter on the island, according to a Dukes County website, just a partnership with a local nonprofit.

Baker’s office announced the immigrants’ voluntary and temporary move to Joint Base Cape Cod, also in Massachusetts. “The island communities are not equipped to provide sustainable accommodation, and state officials developed a plan to deliver a comprehensive humanitarian response,” the state said in a Sept. 16 news release.

What about the National Guard? We’d heard that 125 National Guard members were activated to help with the situation. PolitiFact says that Facebook flagged as false a post that said “300 National Guard members helped move the migrants off the island.” So, was the National Guard involved or not, and if so, how many? Yahoo News said, “up to 125.”

What about the migrants who wanted to stay on Martha’s Vineyard? Were they given that option?

The whole thing hinges on the word “deported” — and if this fact-check went the other direction, they wouldn’t have called it false; they’d have said, “Needs more context.”

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