Sarkar Baker asks for ‘immediate assistance’ from the Fed to help resettle migrants
Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA) is asking the federal government for “immediate assistance” to accelerate the authorization of work, increase housing and expand eligibility for federal support for the influx of migrants entering the Commonwealth in 2022. Is.
In particular, Baker cites the long time it takes immigrants to obtain work authorization after arrival in the US, which he says could have “obvious negative consequences” for both immigrants and the state.
Baker wrote to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “A faster path to legal employment would not only provide these individuals a path to self-reliance, but would also help Massachusetts employers who are looking to get hired amid the current workforce shortage.” are keen.” In a letter dated October 31 to the Department of Homeland Security.
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Baker is also calling for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to reevaluate its scope for services provided to refugees and other ORR-eligible populations. In the letter, Baker claims that the state’s reception and placement service levels do not meet the needs of these new arrivals. Although Baker acknowledged that the ORR responded to the problem with increased aid for Afghan and Ukraine parolees, he says more services are needed for other populations.
The governor also notes that specific “ORR-eligible populations” are able to receive only a fraction of refugee benefits. Meanwhile, other groups have been completely exempted from the said benefits.
“As long as the situation at the southern border remains unchanged, Massachusetts and many other states will struggle to cope with this substantial increase in immigrant families accessing shelter and other services,” Baker wrote. “I respectfully call on the federal government to do its part in providing immediate assistance.”
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In the 2022 fiscal year, the Commonwealth’s resettlement agencies served a total of 4,334 individuals. The state said in the letter that more than 2,000 of these people were Afghan humanitarian parolees, 822 Cuban and Haitian immigrants, and 548 refugees.
Baker also wrote that the state’s asylum system has also seen an increase in the number of immigrant families seeking asylum. According to a report by the Department of Housing and Community Development, since July 2022, 133 immigrant families – including at least 400 people – entered the shelters.
However, Baker’s newly arrived immigrants count very rarely, According to Boston Globe analysis, A nonprofit in Mattapan has received 6,000 new migrants since March, most of whom are Haitians, the Globe reported.
Gladys Vega, director of a nonprofit in Chelsea, said her organization received 2,000 Latin American expatriates this year, none of whom were included in Gov. Baker’s count, she said.
Data from the International Institute for New England shows that the organization helped 4,191 migrants from October 2021 and September 2022 – including some from Afghanistan and Ukraine. Globe told. Most of the migrants reported were part of the Bakers Count, the chief executive of the International Institute of New England told the Globe.
Statistics from the Globe show that at least 11,000 migrants and refugees have entered the Gulf state in the past year.
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A spokesman for Baker’s office told the Globe that the state’s Office for Refugees and Immigrants can only confirm the numbers shared with them by resettlement agencies. Although the International Institute of New England is a rehabilitation agency, nonprofits in Chelsea and Matapan are not, the Globe wrote.
According to the Globe, DHS said the agency responds to letters like Baker’s “directly.” While DHHS declined to comment.
“Massachusetts is proud to welcome asylum-seeking individuals and families and is dedicated to helping families live with dignity but need additional federal support,” Baker wrote in the letter. “Additional federal efforts will make it easier for these individuals to find employment opportunities and benefits and help them build their own lives and relieve the strain on public services.”
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