SUPERVISORS FLETCHER & VARGAS WANT COUNTY TO BE PREPARED FOR TERMINATION OF TITLE 42
With Title 42 scheduled to be terminated on May 23 of this year, San Diego County is making preparations to accept Asylum Seekers who arrive at the U.S. – Mexico border asking for humanitarian protection.
Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas on Tuesday, April 26 during the 9 a.m., Board of Supervisors meeting will present a policy that if passed will create a subcommittee to address both short-term and long-term solutions for the influx of migrants entering San Diego County, identify County property for a potential temporary respite shelter for migrant families, and seek State and Federal reimbursements for services delivered.
The County of San Diego is very familiar with welcoming asylum-seeking families, in 2019, then-Chair Greg Cox, and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher docketed and passed a similar measure. The vacant County-owned Family Court House in Supervisor Fletcher’s district was transformed into a shelter to support families seeking asylum. The County, along with Jewish Family Service and all the members of the San Diego Rapid Response Network, worked in partnership to assist more than 20,000 children and their families.
“San Diego County has established itself as a welcoming community for families seeking asylum,” said Chair Fletcher. “Several years ago we demonstrated our ability to work with local partners, stand-up a shelter, provide services and help families make connections to their sponsors; and it is important we are prepared to provide humane support for families coming to San Diego.”
“The County of San Diego has proven that we’re a welcoming community and that we’re committed to supporting and assisting refugees in their journey, so they safely reach their destination.” said Vice Chair Vargas. “As the safety net for our communities, we have a responsibility to provide safe respite shelter with supportive services to ensure the wellbeing of these vulnerable populations, many of which are parents and children fleeing violent conflict, war and unlivable conditions.”
Chair Fletcher, and Vice Chair Vargas since 2021 have worked closely to tackle issues for migrant communities, including making vaccines available during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, working with the City of San Diego and other entities to open the San Diego Convention Center for unaccompanied children seeking asylum and establishing San Diego County’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).