Democratic Gov. Healey slammed for closing rec center in black neighborhood to house immigrants

Residents of a Boston neighborhood are fuming after Gov. Maura Healey (D-MA) demanded a popular sports recreational building be used to house the state’s influx of immigrants.

Healey insisted the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex in Roxbury, a hub for young and old residents to enjoy physical activities, would become a shelter on Wednesday for immigrants who had been sleeping on the floor of Logan International Airport.

“We’re here today because we really don’t have a choice. … Families continue to come into this country. They continue to come into Massachusetts,” Healey said at a press conference Wednesday.

Gov. Maura Healey (D-MA), front, and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, center left, take questions from reporters Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, after touring the Cass Recreational Complex in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Residents of Roxbury,
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