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Calendar >  Supervisor Jim Desmond -Legal Immigration

Supervisor Jim Desmond -Legal Immigration

By   /  March 19, 2024  /  No Comments

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As a supervisor for San Diego County, I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand the alarming situation at the Iris Avenue transit station. Called “street releases,” Border Patrol agents are dropping off thousands of migrants.

In just the past 25 days, over 17,000 migrants have been released at this site, adding to the staggering total of over 113,000 migrants dropped off in San Diego County since last September.

The scene at the transit station is a mess. As the Border Patrol buses pull up, migrants, predominantly young males between the ages of 20 and 35, disembark with a sense of bewilderment. They are dropped on the curb, vulnerable to exploitation, including human trafficking, as they are essentially abandoned.

While nonprofits are assisting many migrants, facilitating their transportation to airports and out of the region, the fate of countless others remains unknown. We have no way of tracking how many individuals are staying in our communities, falling prey to human traffickers, or slipping through the cracks of our broken immigration system.

Last week, an Assembly Bill was proposed to give free legal aid to convicted illegal immigrants statewide. Thankfully, due to public pressure, this proposal was pulled before a vote. However, San Diego County still provides free attorneys using $5 million of local tax dollars. This is just more incentive for people to come to the country illegally.

Those trying to enter our country legally, who have waited many years to come to this country, are now being pushed to the back of the line.

This crisis is a result of the Federal government’s failings. By allowing migrants to bypass legal channels and jump ahead of the line, we incentivize illegal immigration and endanger everyone. Why would anyone respect our legal processes when we disregard them ourselves?

It’s time to take responsibility and enforce our legal immigration system.

We need the Federal Government to address the root causes of illegal immigration, enforce the rules we have in place, improve our asylum processes, and provide pathways for legal immigration.

Only then can we truly uphold the rule of law, the values of compassion and fairness that define us as a nation.

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

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