Migrants will receive essential services at Joint Base Cape Cod – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOURNE, MASS. (WHDH) – A yellow Yankee bus full of South American migrants who arrived unannounced on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday is now heading to Joint Base Cape Cod on Buzzard’s Bay, where they will be provided with essential services, including dormitory-style rooms.

Like 7NEWS previously reportedRepublican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent the 50 or so migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, saying he did so because Massachusetts is a sanctuary state, though many have speculated that he chose the small resort island to make a statement on the playground of wealthy liberals like former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

When migrants arrive from Vineyard at Buzzard’s Bay, they receive essential services, including temporary accommodation and food. Interpreters will also be on base to offer translation so migrants can receive legal advice, health care and other immediate assistance. About 125 members of the National Guard are also expected to be on hand to offer assistance, as are employees of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The state has used the base in other emergencies before, including to shelter Louisianans made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. The base has also been used as a COVID-19 field hospital.

Accommodations on base consist of dormitory-style rooms, and officials said families will stay together.

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