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Chair Fletcher, Vice Chair Vargas, Federal & Local Leaders Commend Success of San Diego Convention Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children



As a staunch advocate for immigrant rights, Chair Fletcher was proud to come together with leaders from across the region to celebrate the success of the San Diego Convention Center's shelter for unaccompanied migrant children throughout the pandemic.

“At times of tremendous need, San Diegans are always willing to step up. We did it once again by rising up to help thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, providing shelter, food, education and recreation, but most importantly, a caring environment,” said County Board of Supervisors Chair Fletcher. “Because of the work by nonprofits, countless volunteers and government agencies, we made this stop on their life’s journey a better one. Thank you to all who made this possible.”

Chair Fletcher was joined by his colleague Vice Chair Nora Vargas, who released the following statement: "As an immigrant myself, I'm proud of our San Diego community for stepping up to turn our convention center into a safe haven for these children. From nutritious meals and enrichments opportunities to medical and mental health support services and more - our regional collaboration not only met the needs of these children, but also provided them the warmth and care they longed for in their journey. Together we reached our goal of ensuring the reunification of these children with their families or caring sponsor, and for that we should all be proud."

The San Diego Convention Center Shelter Site was led by regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Pete Weldy. Chair Fletcher applauds Weldy and all the staff members who made this vital operation possible over the past year.