GOP State Senator Slams Maura Healey Over Migrant Crisis

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Massachusetts state Senator Peter Durant (R-Spencer) ripped Governor Maura Healey over the influx of migrants coming to Massachusetts this week.

Durant said there are plenty of actions the state could take to slow the influx of migrants to the Bay State — but Governor Healey refuses to take the necessary actions.

“Our Governor has had plenty of choices,” Durant said in a press release from his office. “First and foremost, amend the Right to Shelter Law. We have been pushing for this for nine months to amend the Right to Shelter law so that it only applies to our legal residents. She has refused. Moreover, the Governor could have made the amendment part of her budget proposal, but she did not. Instead, she filed legislation to allow communities to double the automobile excise tax, showing again the priorities of this administration.”

Durant laid out several reforms to the state’s right-to-shelter law he said would save the state money:

 

  • File legislation to amend the Right to Shelter law or call the Speaker and Senate President in support of Durant’s legislation;

  • Reduce the meals voucher;

  • Require bids on all projects and/or negotiate volume discounts;

  • Require background checks and biometrics on those seeking emergency shelter

  • Eliminate or limit ancillary services such as laundry service

 

Durant added that Healey is prioritizing the migrants over her constituents.

“Gov. Healey’s administration could have limited the food vouchers, but she decided to pay $64 per day per person which is significantly more than the average taxpayer spends per day on food,” Durant said in the written statement. “The Governor chose to put the migrants in blue-collar communities not the more affluent municipalities. That was a choice. The Governor could have put the contracts out to bid. She did not. That was her choice. Our Governor is not powerless. Healey has chosen this path and she has chosen to prioritize migrants over the taxpayers.”

Since allocating an initial $325 million to fund the emergency shelter system in fiscal year 2024 last year, the state twice has passed supplemental shelter spending because of the unprecedented demand for the system, primarily driven by migrants who are eligible to use the state’s right-to-shelter law due to its lack of a residency requirement. So far, the state has allocated $1.001 billion for the system in the past year, as NewBostonPost reported.

Currently, demand for spots in the state’s emergency shelter system outpaces the supply since Governor Healey set a 7,500-family cap on it last fall.

Most of the migrant families, who come to the state to use its shelter system, are from Haiti. About half of those staying in the state’s emergency shelter system now are migrants (some of whom are illegal immigrants).

Healey’s office could not be reached for comment on Monday or Tuesday.

 

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