SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says it's time to sound the alarm, and cap a crisis of too many refugees pouring into Springfield.
Acknowledging that he is the son of Italian immigrants, Mayor Sarno wrote a letter to the State Department, asking them to start settling warm weather refugees in warmer climates.
According to the Mayor’s office, Sarno’s administration has been ordered to develop a strategy to limit the addition of group homes and subsidized housing in Springfield to control the Refugee Settlement Crisis.
Mayor Sarno stated that Springfield is a caring city, but we’ve reached a point, “where enough is enough.” “Springfield cannot continue to allow agencies and organizations to use Springfield as a ‘dumping ground,’ given the limited resources and challenges that are faced in Urban Cities across America.”
“Other cities and towns must step up their efforts and do their part!” Mayor Sarno added.
In the last year and a half he said there have been 1,500 refugees settled in Springfield. "And that's not fair, and that's not right to the refugees and to the city of Springfield. And there is not proper backup," Sarno told 22News.
Sarno told 22News many of these refugees are being placed in condemned housing and are taxing both the school system and the police department.