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Supervisor Jim Desmond

By   /  March 12, 2024  /  No Comments

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I wanted to update you on the crisis at our border and the impact it is having on San Diego.

Last week, I witnessed firsthand the sight of hundreds of individuals from various corners of the world being dropped onto our streets. This comes on the heels of the closure of the Migrant Resource Center. The Federal Government left the County without any resources and so far has left over 4,000 people stranded and without guidance.

This situation is inhumane and untenable for all parties involved. Many of these migrants are disoriented and unsure of their whereabouts, let alone how to reach their final destinations, which for many is on the East Coast.

Watch the video below and see these two men I met who made a monthlong journey from Guinea, crossed through Jacumba, and were just dropped on the streets of San Diego.

Most importantly, there is the safety aspect that is being overlooked. Border Patrol told me that the background checks on those entering the country are minimal and not done for the country of origin. This comes on the heels of the awful story out of Georgia, where an illegal immigrant murdered a student at the University of Georgia.

The situation at our border has reached alarming levels, with over 100,000 border encounters recorded in San Diego alone over the past five months. This surge is not simply a matter of numbers; it is a glaring symptom of a Federal system failing to enforce the laws designed to safeguard our nation’s borders.

Migrant Shelter in San Diego?

At our last Board meeting, I stood as the lone dissenting voice against looking into a Long-Term Migrant Transfer Site and Respite Shelter in San Diego. My decision stems from a deep concern about the implications of supporting such a facility in our community.

I refuse to be complicit in perpetuating a failed and broken immigration system. Accommodating the overflow of individuals crossing the border unlawfully is not a sustainable solution. Rather than addressing the root causes of this issue, it only serves to exacerbate the dysfunction within the immigration system.

Our nation has established processes for seeking asylum and legally entering the United States. However, these processes are being circumvented, leading to an unsustainable influx of migrants. It is the responsibility of the federal government to enforce existing laws and procedures rather than expecting local communities like ours to bear the burden of their shortcomings.

Instead of prioritizing the safety and welfare of San Diegans, we find ourselves allocating precious time and resources to address issues caused by federal negligence, such as migrant street releases.

I firmly believe that establishing additional shelters is merely a band-aid solution to a much deeper problem. The President can immediately secure the border without waiting for Congressional approval. Until such action is taken, I see no justification for spending further resources to address the consequences of federal inaction.

San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond
https://www.supervisorjimdesmond.com/

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