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Migrants settle in at Boston AIRPORT as ‘sanctuary city’ runs out of beds for them and Dem. the governor warns border crossers that his state is “full”


A group of migrants were forced to settle at Boston’s Logan Airport as the “sanctuary city” ran out of beds to sleep on.

The group, made up of up to 20 people, including babies, was seen sleeping under blankets on benches on Friday.

They arrived in Boston as the shelter cap in Massachusetts was maxed out and the best way to spend $250 million on emergency shelters was at an impasse.

Those migrants were placed on a waiting list after the state’s emergency shelter system hit the cap of 7,500 families last week.

Massachusetts has a right to housing law that requires it to provide housing for the homeless, but Gov. Maura Healey has warned the state is running out of room.

Migrants were forced to settle at Boston airport as the “sanctuary city” ran out of beds to sleep in.

On Friday, a group of 20 people, including young children, were seen sleeping under blankets on benches.

On Friday, a group of 20 people, including young children, were seen sleeping under blankets on benches.

Massachusetts has a right to housing law that requires it to provide housing for the homeless, but Governor Maura Healey (pictured) has warned the state is running out of room.

Massachusetts has a right to housing law that requires it to provide housing for the homeless, but Governor Maura Healey (pictured) has warned the state is running out of room.

Migrant families have been seen sheltering at Boston’s Logan International Airport as the city continues to struggle with a surge in demand for shelter.

People slept on benches with blankets over their heads and mothers were seen holding their babies inside the airport terminal.

The migrants reportedly arrived on a flight from San Antonio, Texas, and their items were scattered on the ground.

Gov. Healey, a Democrat, warned those planning to travel to Massachusetts that there was no more room.

“Massachusetts right now, in terms of where to go, winter is coming, it’s going to be cold, we just can’t promise you a bed,” she said Friday.

State police and airport workers removed the migrants from the airport terminals.

Edward Freni, interim CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority, said, “We must emphasize that Logan Airport is not an appropriate place to house people.

“Some people arrive late in the evening, we try to help them if we see them, but usually early in the morning we accommodate them and send them to the assistance centers. »

Elsewhere in Boston, migrants gathered at the Immigration Family Services Institute (IFSI) office in Mattapan to seek help.

But the waiting list remains long for those who need shelter.

“We’re talking about the Thanksgiving period, where everyone is going to enjoy a family meal,” said Dr. Géralde Gabeau, executive director of IFSI.

“So what is going to move those who are placed on the streets, after all the trauma, all the hardships they endure, to be here?

“And everyone enjoys a meal, whether they’re on the street in the cold, to me that’s not acceptable.”

White House senior adviser Tom Perez said a work authorization clinic that began this week has already served more than 1,000 migrants.

Migrant families have been seen sheltering at Boston's Logan International Airport as the city continues to struggle with a surge in demand for shelter.

Migrant families have been seen sheltering at Boston’s Logan International Airport as the city continues to struggle with a surge in demand for shelter.

People slept on the floor and on benches with blankets over their heads inside the airport terminal.

People slept on the floor and on benches with blankets over their heads inside the airport terminal.

They were put on a waiting list after the state's emergency shelter system hit a cap of 7,500 families last week.

They were put on a waiting list after the state’s emergency shelter system hit a cap of 7,500 families last week.

“We will continue these efforts in the coming weeks to help more eligible migrants submit their work permit applications,” he added.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to supporting local jurisdictions welcoming recently arrived migrants and we will continue to work with our partners in Massachusetts in the weeks and months to come.”

The Massachusetts Legislature ended its official session for the year Thursday without a deal on a $2.8 billion spending bill, which included hundreds of millions of dollars to address the needs of emergency shelters in the State which is bending under the crush of migrant and homeless families.

House and Senate bills would dedicate $250 million to the shelter system, but a conference committee was unable to resolve other disputes Thursday morning.

Lawmakers embarked on the holidays with uncertainty clouding the state’s response to the shelter emergency.

Some groups have criticized lawmakers for inaction. The Massachusetts Teachers Association said in a statement that it was “shocked and frankly disgusted” by lawmakers’ inaction on the supplemental budget.

“This is another stain on a legislature struggling to fulfill its obligation to serve the public good,” the union that represents 117,000 members said in a statement.

Across the region, defenders have relied on a patchwork of temporary shelters including churches, hospital waiting rooms and even airport lounges.

The increase in demand is partly due to the arrival of migrant families in the state. According to Democratic Gov. Healey’s administration, about half of current refugees are new arrivals to Massachusetts.

The administration is working with groups to find temporary housing, but has been reluctant to release some details of its plan, including the location of a clinic it sponsored with the Department of Homeland Security to help migrants to obtain work permits.

Lawmakers don’t formally meet to vote until the new year, but they could resolve their differences in informal sessions. However, legislative rules make it easier for bills to be derailed in informal sessions.

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