Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey has taken decisive action amid the escalating migrant crisis by declaring a state of emergency and deploying 250 National Guard troops.
These troops are set to assist migrants residing in emergency shelter hotels. Current records indicate that the state is responsible for the care of 6,000 families, which includes children and expectant mothers.
“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,” Healey said.
“We’re grateful to the brave men and women of the National Guard for stepping up to help us ensure that every family in emergency shelter has their needs met, including access to food, transportation, medical care, and education.
“While we work to implement a more permanent staffing solution, the National Guard will provide an efficient and effective means of delivering these services and keeping everybody safe,” Healey added.
Healey’s proactive approach didn’t stop there. On August 8, she penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, seeking urgent assistance regarding the migrant situation.
This move by Healey comes in the wake of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision in September to send approximately 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Following this, the island authorities relocated the migrants to Joint Base Cape Cod.
Federal records reveal a concerning trend. Authorities at the southern border have witnessed a resurgence in illegal migration after a decline in June. Data indicates that the Border Patrol encountered over 130,000 illegal migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in July, a significant increase from the 99,000 encounters in June.
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