Joint Base Cape Cod may soon offer temporary home to Venezuelan migrants

BOURNE, Mass. — The Venezuelan migrants who were sent on two chartered planes to Martha’s Vineyard may soon be headed to Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne.

The nearly 50 men, women, and children arrived in Massachusetts on Wednesday as part of a promise from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to “drop off undocumented migrants to progressive states”.

Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday that his administration is exploring the possibility of a “temporary shelter and humanitarian services” operation at Joint Base Cape Cod.

The 22,000-acre military base on the mainland straddles Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, and Falmouth and is home to five military agencies.

It has been used during past emergency responses including housing Hurricane Katrina evacuees in a community of cottages.

Baker has not provided a timeline for when Joint Base Cape Cod could potentially transform into a makeshift hub for resources and volunteer workers.

The Baker administration said it will share additional information as it becomes available.

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