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Today, by a vote of 5-0, the Board of Supervisors agreed to identify and use a County property as a temporary shelter for migrant families and seek State and Federal reimbursements for services delivered at the shelter. 

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas, who introduced the policy in anticipation of Title 42 being terminated come May 23, will also lead a subcommittee to work on solutions for the influx of migrants entering San Diego County

Chair Fletcher reacted to the vote today with the following statement:

“We are proactively taking steps to embrace asylees who come to San Diego County after Title 42 is terminated,” said Chair Fletcher. “This vote puts us in a position to provide the care, compassion, and services people will need when they get here.”  

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 at the courthouse location, and more than 62,637 asylum seekers total since October 2018.

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).