San Diego County Supports Difficult Immigration Decision Made by President Biden
Leadership from San Diego County, a community in Southern California that borders Mexico and recently experienced several street releases of people seeking asylum, issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden’s announcement about a new border strategy.
“We have a fundamentally broken immigration system that Congress needs to fix. President Biden made a series of announcements today that should allow border counties like ours to better manage the flow of asylum seekers while still welcoming people to our nation in an orderly manner,” said Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Together with our local partners, we have stepped up to assist migrant families and children as best as possible, and that commitment remains.”
Supervisor Fletcher, whose father-in-law immigrated to the United States from Mexico, helped fight for deported veterans to be repatriated and gain citizenship. As a candidate, Supervisor Fletcher vowed to create an Office of Immigrant Affairs and Refugee Affairs at the County and has delivered on that promise. Soon after taking office, he began fighting former President Donald Trump’s failed immigration policies locally. He secured State funding and led the way in partnership with nonprofits to set up a temporary shelter in his district for families seeking asylum. In 2021, he played a pivotal role in securing shelter at the San Diego Convention Center for unaccompanied children seeking asylum.