Supervisors approve $ 750,000 for health and accommodation services for migrants

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $ 750,000 in funding for temporary shelters and other relief programs for undocumented immigrants brought to Riverside County by US Customs and Border Enforcement and other agencies. in the midst of the ongoing border push.

In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board authorized the Department of Housing, Homelessness Prevention and Workforce Solutions to distribute the funds as part of its applicant response program. Riverside County Asylum.

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The allowance is intended to cover costs associated with “hotels and motels for isolation and quarantine, nutritional services … and complementary services for asylum seekers affected by COVID-19,” according to HHPWS.

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The agency will keep $ 450,000 to cover direct county expenses, but the balance, $ 300,000, will go to the non-profit Galilee center in Mecca, which for two years has provided shelter and related relief services to border residents, have officials said.

According to HHPWS, undocumented immigrants who are screened for COVID-19 and determined not to pose a risk of exposure are “directly placed in the Galileo collective shelter program” when federal agents release them from pre-trial detention.

Those infected or who have had known exposures are returned to the county for a 12-day isolation period in a hotel or motel, with health care, meals and other services provided free of charge by taxpayers .

According to the executive office, since the beginning of March, more than 2,300 migrants apprehended at the Mexican border have been released in the county by federal agents. Authorities estimate that over the next six months, another 6,900 cross-border workers will arrive in the county.

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In April alone, CBP said nearly 180,000 people were apprehended while attempting to enter the United States at the southern border. Migrant flows have increased dramatically after President Joe Biden signed executive orders in January overturning former President Donald Trump’s immigration controls, including stopping construction of walls, according to published reports.

“The effects of the border crisis are being felt across the country,” Representative Ken Calvert, R-Corona, said earlier this month. “If the (Biden) administration cut the green light for people flocking to this country, that would solve a lot of the problem.”

Representative Darrell Issa, R-Temecula, said last week via social media that, “at the behest of President Biden, people from all over the world are illegally entering our country, surpassing those who play by the rules.” stop until we restore sound border policies and make US national security a top priority, ”he said.

The county’s other congressman, Representative Raul Ruiz, D-Coachella, did not directly address the current border push, although during the Trump administration he frequently criticized the way migrants were treated. in reception centers in Texas and elsewhere.

Ruiz sponsored the bill, which was ultimately blocked in the Senate, which sought to establish clear health and welfare standards to ensure “humanity in our treatment of children and families seeking asylum.” .

According to HHPWS, it is likely that the county will be able to recover most or all of the expenses for migrant rescue services through federal reimbursements, including funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 1.9. trillion dollars signed in March.

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