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Massachusetts Officials Want Residents to Give Border Crossers a Room in Their Homes

Amid an influx of illegal immigrants due to Biden’s border policies, Massachusetts officials are turning to residents for help.

Democrat Gov. Maura Healey’s administration is asking those in the commonwealth “to provide a room or apartment for a few days” to host “newly arrived families in need of shelter,” WBUR reports.

The host family model has historically been used to house refugees coming through State Department programs as well as help support unaccompanied minors in need of shelter. However, homeless advocates say it has not been broadly applied to family homelessness in the past.

“The addition of this layer — of adding in host homes — really seems to be because of the urgency and current unmet needs,” said Kelly Turley, associate director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. “This is something that they could get online very quickly if host families and hosts come forward.”

However, Turley warned that this should be a stopgap measure rather than a lasting solution. “We know that longer-term shelter and permanent housing would better meet the stability, safety, and service needs of newly arrived immigrants,” Turley said.

The state did not immediately respond to requests for information about the vetting process for hosts, and whether there are site visits to assess the safety of host's home. The state also did not provide information about how many families have been paired with hosts since the Family Welcome Center opened in late June. Local aid groups tell WBUR that several families have gone to host homes.

Advocates briefed on the program said host families are not compensated financially, but they are provided with things like gift cards, groceries and baby formula to help support the family that’s being hosted. (WBUR)

The request to residents comes as Massachusetts is paying for dozens of hotels and motels to house border crossers on the taxpayer’s dime.

So far, however, wealthy residents of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Brookline, and Cambridge, for example, have not had to face the effects of the border crisis, as Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr pointed out.

“The Healey administration has released a list of the 28 cities and towns where it is spending millions on hotels and motels for thousands of handout-demanding illegals arriving from the Third World,” Carr wrote in a recent column. “Oddly, however, almost all the ultra-affluent suburban communities most loudly committed to celebrating diversity have thus far been unable to provide suitable free housing for the new non-working classes.”

[b][i]The thought of closing the border has not dawned on them.[/i][/b]
AbbeyRhode · F
This, while American citizens are hungry and living on the streets. 😠
They should round up every illegal, and ship them back where they came from.

Budwick · 70-79, M
@AbbeyRhode OMG - yes!
Musicman · 61-69, M
@AbbeyRhode @Budwick I definitely agree.
send them to the residences of these generous politicians and make sure a gaggle get sent to Martha’s Vineyard ( I hear mansions up there are pretty accommodating. Right, “Barry”?) and Hyannisport.
Watch how fast they’d call the National Guard. These hypocrites suffer from “ Do as I say, not as I do!”, NIMBY!
Almost forgot…send them to the residence of George Soros, The WH ( they can bring in fentanyl-it’ll never be found or acknowledged!)
Better yet, along with the billions we’re sending to Ukraine, send them there!
4meAndyou · F
@soar2newhighs Unfortunately Hyannisport in the summer time is full up with tourists and locals who rent all the summer homes. Rte 3 is just packed with Cape traffic every Friday.
@4meAndyou That’s no reason to not send them. Like the shark in JAWS, they’d mess up the tourist season as they’re camped out all over.
nudistsueaz · 56-60, F
@4meAndyou so, all the more reason to send more.
MarineBob · 56-60, M
I have two vacant houses and cottage if i wanted them lived in i'd rent them out
Musicman · 61-69, M
@sunsporter1649 I remember that. 😂😂😂
4meAndyou · F
I'm ashamed that Massachusetts officials are such dumb a$$es. Will they pay the suckers who actually DO this for damages, theft, or even for squatters who decide they are not going to move out?
4meAndyou · F
@Budwick Oh...and it is about a mile and a half away from one of our local food pantries, which is located at the homeless shelter where I used to work.
Budwick · 70-79, M
@4meAndyou The place sounds perfect!
Musicman · 61-69, M
@4meAndyou Oh they think about it. They just prefer that the citizens pay for it. All of it. The state can't afford paying for their new friends.
Musicman · 61-69, M
LMAO!!! 😂😂😂 These people voted these losers in. Why aren't they jumping at the chance to house these people for free. They obviously approve of their policies. They keep voting these dumb ass officials in.
4meAndyou · F
@Musicman Not ALL of us voted for them. 😔
Musicman · 61-69, M
@4meAndyou That's why you don't have a house full of them. You are one of the smart ones, but enough people overall are dumb enough to.
Unless these residents are ok with sanctuary cities, it is not the responsibility of the citizens to pick up the freight for the Biden administration’s failed immigration policies.
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DavidT8899 · 18-21, M
[@carpediemIm pretty sure that a qualification for legal immigration,besides knowing the language and our history,is that you have to prove you are financially self-sufficient.
Being we’re having recruitment issues for our military, why not upon their arrival ( single military age males ( and if single age females want to) be put in the branches of our military. ( use Hispanic/ Latin U.S. military as their instructors and after they’ve demonstrated an ability to understand and communicate in English, integrate them into regular units.
If they have come here for asylum, what better place than the military? They do four years and due consideration for citizenship upon an Honorable discharge be given.
The American citizens cannot be giving free rides to everybody who comes here alleging being persecuted and saying they need asylum.
I see too many IPhone carrying young people wearing pretty decent clothes. You can get an IPhone, sorry but you have means. Ain’t no Obama phone these people are using!
MarineBob · 56-60, M
@soar2newhighs that is not how instructors are chosen
@MarineBob Well if the military is so concerned now about DEI , perhaps they better start training Hispanics for such a task. I realize there are unique skills and qualifications needed for DIs, or TIs or whoever trains recruits.
Not that I see it but who knows; what if a draft is re-established? You don’t have to be a citizen to be drafted ( at least not in the 60s anyway).
Iwillwait · M
Give every immigrant a place in the US Military for 4 years, and then full citizenship.
DavidT8899 · 18-21, M
@Slade Plus,you are supposed to wait OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY untill your claim can be heard by a judge.
Slade · 56-60, M
@DavidT8899 That is correct!
Iwillwait · M
@TrashCat I do not care bout legality, I car about America, you want asylum? Serve! You want citizenship? Serve!
Why close the border?
Budwick · 70-79, M
@SW-User Saying? Had? Refugees? Not illegal immigrants?

I think it's great your Mom has invited some Ukrainians in need to live with you for a while.
I assume it was fewer than several million, you knew who they were, and there was a plan.
Slade · 56-60, M
@carpediem how about a curtain and a gaspipe?
Slade · 56-60, M
@SW-User how many can you fit in your '87 Monte Carlo with you?
kodiac · 22-25, M
What about the homeless AMERICANS? What about homeless veterans? Bottom line if you enter illegally you are a criminal ,they should be in jail till they are sent back .
kodiac · 22-25, M
@soar2newhighs I agree it's like someone is hell bent on tearing our country apart.
Slade · 56-60, M
@kodiac That's exactly what it is. Just like his boss before him.

2 of the last 3 presidents have been viscerally anti-American
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MarineBob · 56-60, M
Only an idiot invites strangers into their homes
@MarineBob Try that in HUD subsidized senior living communities. It won’t fly. Why? They ( those taken in ) can’t feed the money to the hungry government entity, aka HUD.
Budwick · 70-79, M
MarineBob · 56-60, M
@SW-User hell i rent two houses out to employees and still ran extensive backgrounds on them
Matthew 25: 35-40

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
@Budwick yet, we still neither of us meet the mark.

You didn’t remove the post either…
Budwick · 70-79, M
@SW-User [quote]yet, we still neither of us meet the mark.[/quote]

We are not granted salvation by good works.
Only asking forgiveness and belief in Jesus Christ.

I will not remove the post.
You are welcome to erase your bull shit if you wish.
@Budwick don’t worry, I flagged it..
still more trustworthy than the white liberal politicians. LOL
Hey guys… our 24 election rioters and looters need a roof over their heads.. and food and clothes.
Theyl prolly slit your throat one night..
but it’s for the greater good. Don’t be a right wing bigot
Justice4All · 36-40, M
Everyone wants the influx of migrants to stop but no one wants to work in the fields or construction jobs.
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Budwick · 70-79, M
@carpediem [quote]They love American and are here legally. Wish I could say that about those who promote open borders.[/quote]

Carp you are awesome!
carpediem · 61-69, M
@Budwick Thanks Bud
TrashCat · M
What we need to do is hang these southern governors for human trafficking. It's illegal
Budwick · 70-79, M
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DavidT8899 · 18-21, M
This is going to work out so well when one of those immigrant families who are sponsored snaps and robs and/or murder their hosts.
And when they decide they won’t leave because they still don’t have a place to go??

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