Legislature provides help for Haitian immigrants

Massachusetts officials moved to provide aid to Haitian migrants in a $4 billion federal COVID-19 relief funding spending bill signed by Governor Charlie Baker Monday.

The bill, which uses money from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to tackle issues such as housing, health care and infrastructure across the state, also includes $8 million for the Immigrant Family Services Institute, Inc. (IFSI) to support Haitian migrants in Massachusetts who arrived in the United States after the qualifying date for Temporary Protected Status.

The bill also sets aside $100,000 for staffing at Haitian Community Partners in Brockton and $50,000 for the Everett Haitian Community Center.

Despite the support within Massachusetts, local leaders and organizations in the Haitian community want to see further action nationally.

Dieufort Fleurissaint, chair of Haitian Americans United, said he hopes the United States Congress and the White House will look to Massachusetts for reference on how to

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