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 U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement and other agencies in the amid the ongoing rise of borders.
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.
The allowance is intended to cover costs associated with “hotels and motels for isolation and quarantine, nutritional services … and wrap-around services for asylum seekers affected by COVID-19,” according to HHPWS.
The agency will keep $ 450,000 to cover the county’s direct 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 Galileo’s 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.
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 to 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, overtaking those who play by the rules …
“This crisis will not end until we restore sound border policies and make US national security a top priority,” he said.
The other county congressman, Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Coachella, directly addressed the current rise in borders. “As Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), I was pleased to lead a meeting with Vice President Harris today to discuss the root causes of migration of the Northern Triangle, ”said Dr. Ruiz.
“The Biden-Harris Administration’s Professional, Human and Intelligent Way to Tackle Root Causes migration is the right approach to reduce the cyclical nature of mass migration. I look forward to working together under the strong leadership of Vice President Harris to fight corruption and impunity, increase economic opportunities, reduce violence in the region, and provide humanitarian assistance in the event of natural disasters.
Ruiz sponsored a law, which was ultimately blocked in the Senate, which sought to establish clear health and welfare standards to ensure “humanity in the 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.
This article was updated from a previous version which stated that Rep Raul Ruiz, D-Coachella, “did not directly address the current push to the border.”