Massachusetts Governor Requests Biden's Help Over Migrant State of Emergency

Migrants at the border and Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey (Getty Images)
August 8, 2023

As the Biden administration waves through thousands of unlawful immigrants, Massachusetts's liberal governor says her state is feeling the strain and calling on the White House to send help.

Gov. Maura Healey (D.) on Tuesday declared a state of emergency, saying the influx of migrants is stretching her state's shelter services to the breaking point.

"In recent months, demand has increased to levels that our emergency shelter system cannot keep up with," Healey said in a statement. "I am declaring a state of emergency in Massachusetts and urging my partners in the federal government to take the action we need to address this crisis."

Massachusetts's migrant influx comes as the Biden administration is letting in thousands of illegal immigrants every day, ignoring its own limits on asylum-seekers allowed into the country. In July alone, 45,662 migrants crossed the southern border.

To cope with the surge, Healey is asking the Biden administration to give her state more money and to hasten the approval of work permits for the migrants.

Bay State Democrats aren't the only ones struggling with the migrant surge under Biden. New York City mayor Eric Adams (D.) said his administration is having difficulty with housing all the migrants. Like Healey, Adams is asking for more money and expedited work permits.

Adams last week explicitly called on Biden to "control the border." Healey's statement, however, was mum on the topic of border security, even though illegal crossings are at the root of the migrant surge.