Housing, services organized for migrants at the military base on Cape Cod

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Migrants who arrived at Martha’s Vineyard this week will be able to move to Joint Base Cape Cod for temporary shelter, and Gov. Charlie Baker will activate up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to help with the effort, announced Friday. administration.

Officials said they would offer migrants “voluntary” transport to the base on Friday as part of a “comprehensive humanitarian response”. They said JBCC is better equipped to handle the roughly 50 migrants from Venezuela who were flown to Massachusetts on flights organized by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — a move Democratic Senate Speaker Karen Spilka described as “amounting to a form of human trafficking for pure purposes”. political games.

JBCC, which previously served as an emergency shelter for people displaced in situations such as the devastation after Hurricane Katrina, will provide migrants with accommodation in dormitory-type spaces and also has the capacity to provide access to health care. health and legal services. Interpreters will make all services available in the recipients’ native languages.

The move from the vineyard to the base will be voluntary and no families will be separated, the Baker administration said.

The administration’s press office said the islanders “joined with local and state officials to create temporary shelter and provide necessities in times of urgent need” following the unexpected arrival of the migrants, but that the vineyard is “not equipped to provide sustainable housing”.

“We are grateful to the vendors, volunteers and local officials who have stepped up to Martha’s Vineyard over the past few days to provide immediate services to these individuals,” said Baker, who has not spoken directly to reporters since the situation arose. took place, in a press release. . “Our administration has worked across state government to develop a plan to ensure these people have access to the services they need in the future, and Joint Base Cape Cod is well equipped to meet those needs. “

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