State Rep. Peter Durant, R-Worcester, is calling on the Healey-Driscoll administration to lay out the costs he says are associated with housing migrant families in hotels and motels across the state on an emergency basis.

Durant said migrants are living in Chicopee, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Westborough and Worcester, among other towns. He wants to know how much the state is spending on the hotels and where the money comes from.

The state said as of Tuesday, there are 38 hotels across 28 municipalities contracted for emergency assistance, but not all are used exclusively to host migrant families. According to a state dashboard, there are more than 1,200 families currently in hotels.

"If we look back a little over a year ago in the Baker administration, that number was 15,” Durant said. “Either we have had a massive spike of homelessness, or the vast majority of these people are illegal immigrants. The voters of this state have said over and over again they don't want Massachusetts to become a sanctuary state, but in sense that's what we’re doing. We may not be doing it wholesale but we’re doing it piece by piece."

The state said using hotels and motels for shelter is a last resort, interim solution to meet legal obligations as a “right to shelter” state. The state also covers the cost of emergency shelter services for eligible families, including for education, food assistance and medical care.