Democratic Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey is responding to the ongoing immigrant crisis by mobilizing 250 members of the Massachusetts National Guard. They will assist at hotel shelters to provide essential services for the approximately 6,000 families and 20,000 individuals in emergency shelters.
Most asylum seekers are families with pregnant women and children, highlighting the urgent humanitarian aspect.
Governor Healey emphasized the state’s emergency status and the need for everyone to help ensure safe shelter and essential services for families.
As the state explores permanent solutions, the National Guard will aid with essential services, including food distribution, transportation, medical care, and education.
They will also collaborate with local school districts to enroll children in schools that cater to their educational needs.
Healey’s strategy involves:
- Regional rapid response teams.
- Enhancing coordination.
- Connecting to public benefits.
- Engaging with officials for support.
The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, Major General Gary W. Keefe, expressed pride in their expanded role.
Healey has requested assistance from Washington, D.C., due to financial and logistical challenges stemming from the 80% increase in individuals seeking refuge in state-funded shelters.
This crisis in Massachusetts mirrors challenges faced by other sanctuary zones nationwide, such as Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C., dealing with an influx of immigrants released into their communities.