February 23, 2024
Immigrant-rights advocates protest close to the U.S.-Mexico border wall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to just accept a $430,529 grant that might be used to construct a welcome middle for immigrants in North County.

The Governor’s Workplace of Enterprise and Financial Growth awarded the Native Immigrant Integration and Inclusion Grant.

There may be an current county immigrant middle in Nationwide Metropolis, which has been open since March. In response to board Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer’s workplace, officers haven’t chosen a location for the brand new welcome middle.

Supervisors established an immigrant workplace in June 2021 “to construct on current refugee applications” and emphasize help for “all group members — no matter one’s immigration standing,” in keeping with Lawson- Remer’s workplace.

“The various make-up of San Diego County’s residents amplifies the necessity to present culturally competent group engagement to hyperlink immigrant and refugee populations to crucial sources,” Lawson-Remer added.

She famous that one out of each 5 individuals within the San Diego area was born outdoors america, “however it is a incontrovertible fact that the county downplayed for a very long time.”

“That is about ensuring the county is bridging the hole to satisfy the wants of our various communities,” Lawson-Remer stated.

San Diego County has the third-largest variety of refugee arrivals in California, behind solely Sacramento and Los Angeles, in keeping with her workplace.

Supervisors additionally heard an replace from the county Division of Homeless Options and Equitable Communities’ Workplace of Immigrant Refugee Affairs.

As a part of a second annual report, workplace workers members targeted on accomplishments; immigrant and refugee demographics; funding and repair gaps; program enhancements; coordination with native, state and federal insurance policies; and group outreach.

In response to the report, latest accomplishments embody serving to 65 refugees achieve employment; creating the Landlord Schooling, Emotional Wellness and Self Care applications; and hiring multi-lingual well being group well being employees.

On Oct. 10, supervisors agreed on a 3-0 vote to spend $3 million for companies to assist migrants and asylum seekers with varied wants, comparable to translation help and transportation.