Border Patrol agents have, over the last four days, dumped nearly 1,000 migrants off at local transit hubs in San Diego, Calif., according to a county official, who says the shelters are “at max capacity” and the state government isn’t offering “any help.”
Appearing with guest-host Gregg Jarrett on Fox News’s “Hannity” on Wednesday, San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond noted that Border Patrol can only detain the asylum seekers for so long before they are forced to release them into the interior of the United States.
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“[T]hese people are bewildered,” Desmond said of the migrants. “They don’t have any money for tickets or means of figuring out a system to get to family or get in touch with their loved ones. You know, they’re just dropping them off.”
“‘Tis the season, there’s no room at the inn,” he said, referring to the county’s already full shelters.
“We’re at max capacity,” Desmond said. “And so [Border Patrol] is just dropping people at transit centers and saying, ‘see you later, good luck.'”
In his inauguration speech in January 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom vowed that the Golden State would be a “sanctuary to all who seek it.”
“We will not have one house for the rich and one for the poor, or one for the native-born and one for the rest,” he grandly stated. “We will build one house for one California.”
But according to Desmond, Newsom isn’t living up to that promise.
“Governor Newsom has invited them all. So we got them,” he said. “But we’re not getting any help from the state government either. So we’re at capacity, and it’s just terrible for these people.”
Even Newsom knows he can’t deliver.
As BizPac Review reported, Newsom took a trip to the state’s border with Mexico and stated that California’s current system of coping with the swarm of migrants his own progressive policies have encouraged will “break” when Title 42 — a policy implemented by former President Donald Trump that requires asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their case is being reviewed — is lifted.
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“The fact is what we’ve got right now is not working, and it’s about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility and ownership,” the slick governor had the gall to say.
“And I’m saying that as a Democrat,” he continued. “I’m not saying that to point fingers, I’m saying that as a father, I’m saying that as someone that feels responsible for being part of the solution and I’m trying to do my best here.”
But according to Desmond, his “best” simply isn’t good enough.
“We’ve have had, including the last three days, almost 650 migrants seeking asylum have been dropped off in San Diego County,” Desmond told Fox 5 following the long Christmas weekend.
It’s time for the federal government to step up, he argued.
“What resources are they giving them? Are they giving them money, hotel vouchers? They’re not,” Desmond said. “They’re not giving them anything. This is the Border Patrol, they basically go from Border Patrol hands to the streets.”
In response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told the station that “releases” are “safe” for the migrants.
“CBP works diligently to ensure that releases are conducted in a safe manner and that all noncitizens released from custody are provided essential support upon release and may access transportation to continue to their destinations,” the statement read.
“We’ve already got a strong homeless problem already,” said Desmond in frustration, “and then to just have hundreds more dumped onto the system.”
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