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Polls find Massachusetts voters locked in on immigration issue
02-09-2024 4:06 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Two polls released this week gave mixed signals regarding voters’ feelings about the job Gov. Maura Healey is doing and the level of support for Nikki Haley here ahead of next month’s presidential primary, but what was clear from both surveys was that...

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Deepening divisions: UMass poll chronicles yawning divides on race, immigration
02-14-2024 7:03 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Almost a third of Republicans say they agree with former President Donald Trump’s claim that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of the country,” a recent University of Massachusetts Amherst poll has found.The poll, which also questioned...


Healey, other governors push feds on immigration
01-24-2024 12:23 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Gov. Maura Healey joined eight counterparts from other states in a new plea for federal immigration action, including funding to support states that have spent billions of dollars placing new migrant arrivals into emergency shelters.Nine governors,...


Healey: Massachusetts will no longer guarantee shelter in ‘new phase’ of crisis
10-16-2023 5:31 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — While its right-to-shelter law will remain in place, Massachusetts may not be able to guarantee shelter for immigrant families as soon as the end of this month when the state’s shelter system reaches capacity, Gov. Maura Healey said...


Mass. lawmakers: Immigrants can plug gaping labor force voids
09-21-2023 4:45 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

With Massachusetts straining under an overburdened emergency shelter system and staring down a shortfall of workers, more than 60 lawmakers are sending a letter urging the White House and Congress to work quickly to find a bipartisan solution that can...


Greenfield’s Mesa Verde hosting Haitian food pop-ups to welcome new immigrants
09-14-2023 7:18 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — In June, Mayor Roxann Wedegartner voiced a commitment to being “as welcoming as we possibly can” to the group of Haitian immigrants that had just arrived in the city. Amy McMahan, owner of Mesa Verde, has since played her part by hosting...


Feds delivering $1.9M for migrant housing
08-20-2023 7:16 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Nearly $2 million in federal funds will flow into Massachusetts and Boston city coffers to tackle the migrant housing crisis, with the money arriving just over a week after Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency due to strained...


Immigrants, refugees find emergency shelter in Greenfield through state-funded program
06-05-2023 7:17 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — As many as 50 rooms in the city are expected to be occupied in the coming days by families, immigrants and refugees who qualify for temporary shelter under the state’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program.Mayor Roxann Wedegartner said she...

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