- The Massachusetts National Guard has been deployed to assist with the ongoing migrant crisis, with over 6,000 migrant families currently housed in emergency shelters.
- Governor Maura Healy has announced a state of emergency, emphasizing the need to provide safe shelter and basic services to these families.
- Amidst the increasing strain on resources, Boston received a $1.9 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to aid in shelter and transportation needs.
The migrant crisis continues to intensify in Massachusetts, prompting official action to address the growing concerns. In response to the surging numbers of displaced and migrant families seeking refuge, the Massachusetts National Guard has been mobilized.
Their deployment, sanctioned by Governor Maura Healy, aims to bolster the state’s efforts in providing necessary assistance and services.
Governor Healy clarified the need for heightened measures, stating, “Massachusetts is in a state of emergency, and we need all hands-on deck to meet this moment and ensure families have access to safe shelter and basic services.”
Highlighting the state’s commitment to its ‘right to shelter’ policy, Massachusetts now finds itself housing over 6,000 migrant families in emergency shelters.
You asked for it, now you got it. Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey is begging the White House for help. They are in a state of emergency.
⛺️The National Guard has been deployed to assist with the spiraling illegal crisis.
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The current deployment involves 250 service members assisting more than 40 shelters across the state. These personnel will aid with logistical and administrative tasks.
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Donnelly, the mission commander, emphasized the guard’s commitment, stating, “The Guard is committed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents of Massachusetts, and our emergency and domestic operation experience will add a wide array of options to assist those in need.”
With the shelters already brimming, Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll underscored the gravity of the situation, saying, “All of our typical emergency shelter sites were filled a month ago. That means we’re filling in trying to find locations.”
Driscoll further criticized the existing systems in place, suggesting they were insufficient for the present crisis.
This dire situation isn’t unique to Massachusetts alone. The United States, at large, grapples with a growing immigration issue, and states like Massachusetts call on federal intervention for added support.
Addressing the urgency, Governor Healy appealed to President Joe Biden for federal assistance, and subsequently, Boston received a $1.9 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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