Americans urged to take border crossers into their homes

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By Carina

In Massachusetts, historically known for hosting the first Thanksgiving, residents are now encouraged by a prominent open borders advocacy group to welcome border crossers and undocumented immigrants into their homes.

Massachusetts is a hotspot for border crossers

As Massachusetts continues to attract a large influx of these individuals, partly due to its sanctuary policies like providing driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status, Jewish Family Services is spearheading a call for local hospitality.

Janelle Crumpton from Jewish Family Services emphasized this in a statement to Spectrum News 1, “We’re asking people to open up their homes for three to seven days or two to three weeks, depending on what people are able to give.”

Churches, gyms also encouraged to provide shelter

She also mentioned the need for larger spaces like churches or gyms to provide temporary shelter.

This appeal comes amidst a housing crisis in Massachusetts, which has reached a point where Governor Maura Healey declared a state of emergency in August due to the lack of capacity for housing the incoming population.

Educational system feeling the pressure of border crossers

The educational system is also feeling the pressure. NBC 10 News reported the strain on local schools, particularly highlighted by Superintendent John Antonucci’s statement, “It’s been a heavy lift for the public schools. We’re thrilled that they are here, and that they’re somewhere that we know they can be safe and supported. We welcome them with open arms into the North Attleborough public schools. But it has placed a significant strain on our resources for sure.”

Schools are grappling with the challenge of integrating a significant number of new students, many of whom do not speak English and lack family support in the region.

Governor Healey thinks outside of the box

In response to the escalating housing crisis, Governor Healey has resorted to unconventional solutions, including housing some of these individuals in the state’s Department of Transportation building.

This situation reflects the broader challenges faced by Massachusetts as it navigates the complex dynamics of immigration and community support.

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