San Diego Supervisor Jim Desmond Addresses Local Impact of Immigration Issues

In addressing the challenges posed by the current immigration situation, San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond has shared insights into the impact on the county’s resources and the local community.

San Diego County has seen a significant increase in migrant arrivals over the past two months, with figures reaching approximately 40,000. This count does not include undocumented migrants known as “Gotaways,” which have been a concern for the past five years. The influx has raised concerns about the strain on the county’s infrastructure and essential services, a situation highlighted in a recent report.

Focusing on the financial aspect, Desmond has expressed concerns over the allocation of local tax dollars to migrant resources. He opposed the Board of Supervisors’ decision last month to allocate $3 million for this purpose, citing the need for these funds to address local issues like road maintenance and homelessness.

Desmond’s stance is rooted in the belief that the responsibility for managing immigration issues lies with the federal government, and that local resources should be reserved for local needs. He encourages San Diego residents to engage with their Congressional representatives to seek a resolution to the broader immigration challenges.

In his approach to the immigration situation, Supervisor Desmond has emphasized fiscal responsibility and the importance of focusing on local community needs. His comments reflect a concern for the sustainability of local resources in the face of federal challenges.

Broken Immigration System

Over the past two months, many people have asked me, what is the actual situation at our southern border? The fact is, the immigration process is completely broken. In the past two months, 40,000 migrants have been dropped in San Diego County. These are the numbers that we know about and don’t include the “Gotaways,” which have been over 1.5 million in the past five years.

Watch the report below to see the strain this process has on San Diego County residents and resources in our region.

The other question I often receive is, what can we do to stop this? Reach out to your Congressional representative. They’re the ones who ultimately have the authority to fix this broken immigration system.

San Diegans should not shoulder the burden of the Federal Government’s ineptness. Last month, the Board of Supervisors approved $3 million local tax dollars for migrant resources. I was against this proposal as I don’t believe local tax dollars, meant to be spent on roads, homelessness, and other pressing needs, should be spent on a Federal issue. The $3 million is sent to run out soon, and I am strongly opposed to spending more money on this problem with no end in sight.

San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond