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Local government spend million caring for migrant dumped by Trump’s Border Patrol

09/24/19

Excerpts from USA Today article  

A USA TODAY review of dozens of communities along the border – and some far from it – shows that local governments have spent at least $7 million over the past year to care for thousands of undocumented migrants released after being detained by the federal government. Leaders in those communities say it's their moral responsibility to care for migrants who are often sick from their time in Border Patrol facilities, exhausted from their journey and usually out of money. 

Last year, the GOP-controlled San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging the state of California's "sanctuary" law that limits state cooperation with federal immigration officials. After Border Patrol started dropping off migrants in the county – some flown all the way from Texas – those same Republicans decided to step in to help the migrants.

The board voted to use county property to house migrants, and has coordinated food, medical care and transportation for more than 17,000 migrants, at a cost of more than $2.7 million so far this year. 

In April, the board went a step farther, voting to sue the Trump administration over its practice of dumping migrants in border communities.

"We had to do the right thing, and we did," said Nathan Fletcher, the lone Democrat on the commission who co-sponsored the plan with Cox. "But it was wholly unnecessary. It was a manufactured political crisis so that Donald Trump has something to tweet about."