The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has asked the federal government for a moratorium on sending refugees to the city, claiming that newly arrived families create a strain on city resources and the school system and do not receive sufficient aid from resettlement agencies.
Domenic Sarno, a Democrat, made his request in a letter sent Thursday to Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass. Copies were also sent to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
“I’m not cold-hearted at all,” Sarno told The Republican newspaper Friday. “I want to help. All I am asking for is accountability from the agencies. You just can’t continue concentrating poverty on top of poverty.”