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A Massachusetts federal judge has granted a reprieve for refugees from Puerto Rico staying in local hotels since Hurricane Maria last year.

The judge is directing Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to continue providing transitional shelter assistance to evacuees through Aug. 6.

Emily Rodriguez, with the advocacy group Pioneer Valley Project, said that’s a relief for the affected families.

“It means that for them they’re being heard,” she said. “It means that people are treating them as humans and for the first time they feel like they are being seen.”

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