Recent days have shown an alarming situation unfolding in San Diego County. Over a short span of merely four days, an astounding number of over 2,000 migrants have been deposited at transit stations throughout the region. Originating from various parts of the world, these individuals have arrived in droves, taking advantage of what seems to be a gaping void in our immigration system. This influx, unfortunately, shows no signs of dwindling.
Supervisor Jim Desmond of San Diego County District 5 wishes to emphasize the urgency and the depth of the situation. His sentiments are clear – the current state of affairs is not representative of humanity or compassion. The empathy he feels for these individuals, most of whom have journeyed in search of better lives, resonates deeply. Many face language barriers, with English being foreign to them, and have insufficient means to proceed to their ultimate destinations. Yet, they are left, almost abandoned, within the bounds of the County, a direct consequence of poor federal oversight.
San Diego County, as many are aware, grapples with one of the worst homelessness crises in the nation. With thousands more being dropped into the area, the problem stands to get worse. It’s a call for the federal government to step up, take ownership, and intervene. Rather than releasing these individuals into streets and public transit hubs, there’s a pressing need for federally funded and managed temporary shelters. These establishments, ideally located on federal properties, can ensure these migrants are treated with dignity while simultaneously facilitating their movement to their end destinations. Until a proper and responsible system is in place, further inflow into San Diego County should be curtailed.
However, the issue does not only lie at the federal level. State and local politicians, by offering legal protection and taxpayer-funded benefits, are inadvertently bolstering this influx. As Supervisor Desmond astutely points out, “We cannot have a country without a border!”
Rest assured, he remains steadfast in his commitment to finding sustainable solutions. Recognizing the dual need to support the local community and address the glaring inadequacies of the immigration system, Supervisor Desmond pledges to persistently work on these fronts.
To stay updated on his efforts and for more insights, San Diego County voters can visit his official website at www.supervisorjimdesmond.com.
For the past four days, we have witnessed an unprecedented influx of migrants from all corners of the world being dropped off at transit stations throughout San Diego County. Over 2,000 individuals have entered our region, and the numbers show no sign of slowing down. Our immigration system appears non-existent, and people from far and wide are capitalizing on the federal government’s apparent ineptness.
Let me be clear: this situation is neither humane nor compassionate. My heart aches for these individuals who are seeking a better life. Most of them do not speak English and lack the resources to reach their intended destinations. Yet, they are simply dropped and left in our County. This is a failure by the federal government.
We already face a severe homelessness problem, and dropping thousands of individuals onto our streets will only exacerbate this issue. The federal government should fund and operate temporary shelters or housing on federal properties and facilitate the processing of individuals to their final destinations rather than releasing them onto our streets and transit centers. Until they can responsibly manage this situation, they should not allow further entry into our region.
This is also a result of state and local politicians offering legal protection and taxpayer-funded benefits, which only encourage this situation to persist. We cannot have a country without a border!
I will continue looking for solutions to help those in our County and work to fix our broken immigration system. I will keep you updated.
San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond
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