Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey declared a state of emergency in response to the increasing number of migrants in state-run shelters. As a result, she called upon the National Guard last week to help address the migrant situation. While the decision to accommodate migrants has been met with controversy, it is a reflection of the challenges posed by Biden’s southern border crisis.
According to The Bourne Enterprise, there is growing discontent on the Cape Cod peninsula, with residents expressing opposition to the state’s decision to provide temporary housing for migrant families relocated to Massachusetts. Protesters outside the building held signs reading “Americans First,” while inside, residents cited potential board of health regulations and concerns about the capacity of the public school system to accommodate children from immigrant families.
Scores of local residents gathered at the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center during the Bourne Select Board meeting this month to voice their concerns about Governor Healey’s proposal to repurpose sections of the Joint Base Cape Cod and nearby hotels as shelters for migrants. The residents are apprehensive about the impact this may have on their community.
Governor Healey has also reached out to US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, seeking assistance in addressing the migrant issue. This request comes in the wake of decisions by her Democratic counterparts in the White House and Capitol Hill to shift away from Trump-era border policies, which many argue has resulted in a significant increase in undocumented migrants in recent years.
The controversy surrounding the accommodation of migrants extends beyond Massachusetts. There are calls to address the issue in New York City as well. The co-hosts of The View, known for their “loving and tolerant” views, have suggested that migrants be resettled elsewhere and blamed the migrant crisis on “global warming and climate change.”
As the migrant crisis continues to unfold, it is evident that the challenges faced by border states are being felt across the country. The strain on resources, concerns about public health, and the impact on local communities are all significant considerations that need to be addressed. As the Biden administration grapples with these issues, finding a balanced and sustainable solution will be key to managing this complex and contentious situation.