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San Diego County supervisors vote to designate new migrant shelter



The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to identify county property to use for a migrant shelter.

The move comes as part of preparations for asylum processing to resume at the border. The Biden administration has said that in late May it will end a policy known as Title 42 that has prevented many asylum seekers from entering the United States. That end date may be complicated by recent legal challenges.

Title 42, which began in March 2020 under the Trump administration and continued under President Joe Biden, instructs border officials to turn away asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants who approach ports of entry and to expel them if they are caught entering without permission.

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

The board will also ask for state and federal funds to cover costs associated with the shelter.

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