‘Massachusetts Is Ready To Assist Afghan Refugees’, Baker Says (CBS Boston) – Our hearts go out to the people in Afghanistan whose safety and future are in jeopardy since the Taliban took control over the country in a matter of days. We hope the U.S. government, as well as governments of other countries, will do everything they can to provide Afghan refugees with the help they need to find safety, be with their families and loved ones, and build up their new lives.
Regarding receiving Afghan refugees in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker said on Tuesday that the state is ready to assist Afghan refugees who are seeking safety and peace in America.
You can also read more about the latest updates on Afghanistan here: https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/afghanistan-taliban-us-news-08-19-21/index.html
Mass. Should Expand Medicaid To Undocumented Immigrants (WBUR) – There are approximately 250,000 undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts, most of whom lack the proper benefits of healthcare. Although some of them have access to Masslimited, a version of Medicaid, it is extremely limited in support. As a result, undocumented residents resort to costlier medical centers, therefore leading to more money being spent on federal taxes and state and local taxes than they should be.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, it has given even more reason for insuring undocumented immigrants. The importance of the essential workers, disproportionately waiters, cooks, food-deliverers, etc., means improving public health to expand health benefits for undocumented people. Since filing to allow driver’s licenses for all, there is reason to push Massachusetts lawmakers to re-file for guaranteed healthcare for all.