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Common Wealth Beacon
February 25, 2024

Should we repeal the state’s right-to-shelter guarantee?
By James Peyser

Increases in immigration, especially among asylum seekers and people with “temporary protected status,” are affecting almost every state, but Massachusetts attracts a disproportionate share. One measure of where migrants go after they enter the United States is the location of asylum filings. In 2022, there were almost 18,000 asylum filings in the Commonwealth, close to seven percent of all asylum filings in the United States that year, over three times the Massachusetts share of the total US population....[citing TRAC data and reports].

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