Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey is responding to an influx of migrants in her state by calling in the troops.
The Democrat has joined others in her party who have had a bite of reality in the face of the immigration crisis as it becomes localized in their so-called sanctuary cities and states.
With thousands of migrants being housed in shelters and hotels in the Commonwealth, Healey declared a state of emergency in August and has now issued a call for the Massachusetts National Guard to step in and assist with the crisis. The governor’s frantic order shows how completely overrun Democrat states are with immigrants as they refuse to deal with the crisis at the border.
“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 in a statement last week as she activated 250 members of the National Guard to deliver help with basic services to migrants and temporary locations.
“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,” the Democrat added.
The governor “issued an order activating up to 250 National Guard members to provide basic services at emergency shelter hotels that do not currently have a contracted service provider. The administration is also launching Regional Rapid Response Teams to assist with overseeing shelter sites and serving as a direct contact to the administration to address any concerns,” according to the government website. “There are currently more than 6,000 families, including children and pregnant women, in emergency shelters across the state.”
Lieutenant Governor Driscoll noted that activating the National Guard is a “necessary step” and is “an emergency measure that will help us meet immediate needs while we continue to advocate for assistance from the federal government in the form of streamlined work authorizations and funding.”
According to the website:
Beginning next week, each National Guard member will be assigned to a specific hotel shelter sites, where they will facilitate the onsite coordination of services such as food, basic needs, transportation, and medical care delivered by the site, external vendors, community organizations, and state and local government. This will include assisting local school districts with enrolling children in a school that meets their educational needs.
The Guard will also be responsible for escalating issues to newly created Regional Rapid Response Teams. The teams will be staffed by state employees and tasked with overseeing sites in a given geographic region to better coordinate services and serve as central points of contact in the administration for any issues or concerns. The Regional Response Teams will prepare sites for opening, communicate site-specifics to inform placements, arrange connection to public benefits, and support municipal and legislative partners.
Other Democrat enclaves are also facing the crisis brought on by an influx of illegal immigrants, though not on the scale that border states have been dealing with since President Joe Biden arrived at the White House, immediately reversing many of his predecessor’s strong immigration policies.
In New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. among other locations, local leaders have been pressuring the Biden administration to finally do something about the out-of-control situation at the southern U.S. border.
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“Due to both a longstanding shortage of affordable housing as well as delays and barriers to federal work authorizations, we find ourselves in this situation,” Healey claimed when issuing the state of emergency last month.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave Massachusetts and the city of Boston a $1.9 million grant to support shelter services and transportation. The Washington Post reported that illegal border crossing reached an all-time high last month.
Many reacted on social media to Healey’s call for the National Guard, showing no sympathy:
You get what you vote for. https://t.co/8ppLtQjjrS
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 1, 2023
Massachusetts wanted to be a sanctuary state. It got its wish!!! Enjoy!!!
— JA (@JJAOU812) September 2, 2023
They wanted them.
Now deal with it.
— Jacci Olson (@nursejacci_72) September 1, 2023
— Bill Dubs (@billdubs) September 1, 2023
Really easy to virtue signal “Sanctuary City” (or state in this case); when the masses are kept way down in another state. But when they start showing up in YOUR backyard, wow…emergency, all hands on deck. We’re overwhelmed!
— Peter H (@Shadowsdriver) September 1, 2023
This is a misuse of our troops, they should be on the border preventing the invasion, not running hotels.
— dcnh (@davec_NH) September 1, 2023
Can I just say how much I love that Texas is forcing these sanctuary state blowhards to deal with the reality of the immigration crisis?
— Tess T. Eccles-Brown, PhD (@TTEcclesBrown) September 1, 2023
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