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'Mammoth cost' for migrant crisis just beginning, expert warns

Joe Dwinell, Boston Herald on

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A staggering 10 million people have entered the U.S. illegally since inauguration day in what is an economic ticking time bomb, says author Todd Bensman.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” he told the Herald. “It’s the biggest and baddest migration in the history of the United States and maybe the world.”

Local schools, area hospitals — “any quality of life metric” — will be overwhelmed due to this migration, he said. The courts, police, prisons and the “downward pressure on wages” will also change society drastically.

“There’s a price tag to all this that Americans are finally waking up to,” he said. “There will be political change and you’ll see it in the black and Latino neighborhoods, too.”

Bensman, author of the book “Overrun: How Joe Biden unleashed the greatest border crisis in U.S. history,” is set to speak Tuesday at the West Roxbury Elks Hall in a free session on the migrant crisis. His appearance is sponsored by the group, Bostonians Against Sanctuary Cities.

It comes at Gov. Maura Healey’s administration is scrambling to house newly arrived migrants in a Roxbury rec center, a Fort Point office building and hotels and motels across the state. Speculation is running rampant about where the governor’s staff will house migrants next.

 

The Bay State emergency shelter system is maxed out at the 7,500 family limit Healey unilaterally imposed last year and there’s no indication of aid coming from Washington any time soon.

Some lawmakers are considering a supplemental budget that taps $873 million in surplus dollars from the pandemic to plug a $224 million shelter budget gap this fiscal year and pay down costs in the next, when spending is expected to approach $1 billion.

Healey also pointed to her administration’s work to speed up work permit approvals for newly arrived migrants to move them out of shelters. There’s the “downward pressure on wages” playing out already.

Bensman warns these “fiscal burdens” are just the start and will soon “be mammoth.”

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