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Immigrants and Seniors

Services that support veterans, immigrants and seniors are consistently in the crosshairs of political debates. Forced to bear the brunt of polarizing Washington, D.C. policies; veterans, immigrants and seniors in San Diego County are left vulnerable. Chair Nathan Fletcher is taking actions locally to deliver the supportive resources these communities deserve. He has taken meaningful legislative action to help immigrants by introducing bipartisan solutions to address the migrant crisis in San Diego and take on the Trump Administration. He also successfully pushed for the County budget to include supportive legal services for immigrants. Chair Fletcher, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, has testified before congressional committees on veteran housing programs, fought the Trump Administration’s efforts to privatize VA hospitals and created new County positions to support veterans. His advocacy during the County budget process and votes during Board meetings has resulted in hundreds-of-millions of dollars being leveraged for supportive housing, nutrition and medical programs and increased staffing for seniors.

News: Immigrants and Seniors

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Belonging, equity and access are part of the County’s core values, and one of the many ways to support those values is how we communicate. The County Board of Supervisors has accepted the Inclusive and Equitable Communications Plan.

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Officials Laud Local Icon Williams for Historic Contributions to San Diego County


Local elected officials and community leaders honored longtime political and equal rights leader Leon L. Williams with special awards Saturday to help celebrate his 100th birthday. Williams was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the County.

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County Names First Director for Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs


After a national recruitment, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has selected Lucero Chavez Basilio, an experienced representative for immigrants and refugees, as the first director for the County Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

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A groundbreaking ceremony for Levant Senior Cottages, 126 affordable homes for senior citizens (plus 1 for the manager), took place this morning in San Diego’s Linda Vista neighborhood on County property that once was home to a building that serviced children and families.

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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.

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San Diego County supervisors OK shelter policy for asylum seekers


The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a temporary shelter policy to handle asylum-seekers who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border asking for humanitarian protection.

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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.

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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.

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The County of San Diego has been helping refugees evacuated from Afghanistan since August, and with today’s announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States will accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, Chair Nathan Fletcher released the following statement:

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Chair Nathan Fletcher Announces County’s Seeking to Hire Director for New Office Of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs


The County of San Diego is now hiring for its Director of the newly established Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). This announcement was made during the progress report on the formation of OIRA today during the Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Chair Fletcher Supports Governor Newsom’s Action to Help Afghan Refugee Arrivals in California


“Governor Newsom once again is demonstrating his leadership on refugee and immigrant issues by taking swift action to support Afghan refugees who come to California. We are a welcoming state and county, and I thank the Governor, Senate pro-Tempore Atkins and Speaker Rendon for prioritizing these funds for this worthy cause. San Diego County is ready to support their initiative and the Afghan people.”

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Chair Fletcher & Vice Chair Vargas to Introduce Policy for Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs on June 8


San Diego County’s proximity to Mexico, binational workforce and its ongoing work to support migrants seeking asylum are some of the reasons Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas are introducing policy to establish San Diego County’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).

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Chair Fletcher Agrees with Decision to Cancel Border Wall Contracts


The cancelation of funding for the Trump border wall is another important step President Biden is taking to erase the divisive and inhumane immigration policies of the Trump Administration. This is good news for San Diego County and other border communities that respect and appreciate immigrants.

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Mayor Gloria, Supervisors Fletcher and Vargas Comment on Changes to Migrant Children Population in San Diego


Last night, in response to the evolving needs of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States, U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) transferred 300 teenage girls from the emergency intake site at the San Diego Convention Center to another site at Fort Bliss in Texas. The transfer creates space in San Diego for an equal number of “tender-age” children (ages 5 to 12) and older siblings who have been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The new arrivals will be in San Diego on Friday.

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City and County to Support Federal Government Housing Unaccompanied Migrant Children Seeking Asylum


The City and County of San Diego have answered the call of the federal government to support unaccompanied children seeking asylum by making the San Diego Convention Center available for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use as a temporary shelter.

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San Diego Convention Center to be used to house migrant children


The San Diego Convention Center, best known for hosting the annual Comic-Con International convention, will soon be used to house unaccompanied migrant children, the city and county announced Monday.

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#WeCanWelcome: Meet Nathan Fletcher, A Local Official Welcoming Asylum Seekers in San Diego, CA


Nathan Fletcher is chair of the San Diego Country Board of Supervisors, a Marine Corps veteran, and a father of five. Two years ago, he also was a driving force behind the creation of a shelter for asylum seekers in his district. Since then, support for welcoming policies towards those seeking protection at the border has only grown in San Diego.

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Chair Fletcher Pushes for Greater Access and Awareness for In-Home Supportive Care Services


Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, is presenting a policy to increase public awareness about and access to the 25,000 in-home supportive services (IHSS) workers in San Diego County who provide personal care for people receiving Supplemental Security Income, low--income seniors and people with disabilities.

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This Latina landed a seat on the powerful San Diego County Board of Supervisors — a first for her community


In the recent past, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ Republican majority has built up a huge reserve of funds, adhering to more conservative values of government. While not entirely in step with all the priorities of the Trump administration (especially when it came to the environment), the board voted in early 2018 to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state of California’s “sanctuary policies” for immigrants.

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Supervisor Fletcher and San Diego County Board Members Will Hold Immigration Forum on Nov. 17


Excerpts from Times of San Diego article by Christine Huard: In 2016, the California Legislature enacted the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds Act, which requires a county government to hold a forum if a local law enforcement agency provided access to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

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