San Diego County has sued the Trump administration over an immigration program that has created an overflow of asylum-seekers into the region.
The lawsuit claims that the California county has been negatively impacted by a “sudden and unlawful change in policy” that has allowed the quick release of asylum-seeking families into the area without providing assistance for food and shelter, KSWB-TV reported.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Safe Release” program was discontinued in October as the agency said it faced an overwhelming number of migrants who had to be processed. The program provided migrants awaiting federal hearings with aid for food and housing and its discontinuation left them stranded, needing local governments and nonprofit groups to step in and make up the financial gap.
That decision was called “arbitrary and capricious” in the lawsuit, KTLA-TV reported.
“The prior policy treated asylum seekers with care and dignity and helped to prevent a dramatic increase in the county’s homeless population and accompanying public health concerns and related costs and expenditures,” the lawsuit, which names the heads of ICE, Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol, said.
The cost of caring for asylum-seekers had reached $1.1 million back in February when the Board of Supervisors agreed to file the lawsuit, which is demanding the administration reinstate the Safe Release program. But the figure has grown since that time, according to Supervisor Dianne Jacobs.
“The federal government’s negligent approach to those seeking asylum is taking a huge toll on San Diego County taxpayers,” Jacobs said in a statement. “The county has already spent over $1.3 million to address health and safety issues at the asylum shelter. That figure is ballooning by the day.”
Last April, the Republican supervisors had voted to back the Trump administration and its lawsuit challenging California’s sanctuary laws. But now, the one Democrat on the board, slammed the president and the policy change.
“I am proud our county is stepping up to take on Trump,” Fletcher wrote in a statement. “I hope other jurisdictions will join us in this lawsuit.” County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said, according to the Voice of San Diego.
According to KTLA:
President Donald Trump has railed against the practice, tweeting in November that the policy he dubbed “Catch and Release” was over.
But in recent months, the number of families crossing into the U.S. has climbed to record highs, pushing the system to what administration officials say is a breaking point. Since Dec. 21, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S. as families.
Customs and Border Protection is also overloaded, and instead of holding families for up to 72 hours before turning them over to ICE, it has started releasing them directly into the U.S., sometimes so quickly they haven’t time to make travel arrangements. Families are given court dates, a head of household is often fitted with an ankle monitor, and they are dropped off at a charity-run shelter or bus station.
And as relief organizations struggle to meet the influx of illegal immigrants pouring over the border, the state of California continues to spread its welcoming arms with its newly elected governor, Gavin Newsom, declaring there is no immigration crisis despite what Trump said.
Twitter users seemed to think San Diego County, and the state of California, are getting just what they deserve.
San Diego County is suing Trump administration for the costs of having to deal with the influx of asylum seekers
Thought they were a Sanctuary City Just like a liberal want their cake & eat it too I say you get NO Federal MONEY pic.twitter.com/xOuktgbG5o
— Truth Prevails (@ECHOtheCALL) April 4, 2019
They should be suing the governor not the President! Did they forget they are a sanctuary state?! That was done by the governor’s office.
— Cynthia Barrow (@cindyb215) April 4, 2019
Is somebody expecting those on the left to take responsibility for their actions? We know there is no crisis in San Diego! How? Because not a day goes by that those on the left tell us of the great contributions illegals make to our society – that’s how! Cry me a river S.Diego.
— John Q. Public, MSA (@OHenrysStepchld) April 4, 2019
Can’t have it both ways San Diego County …Sanctuary California Government has said – illegals welcomed to CA we protect illegals ….you voted for Socialist Politicians & now you are reaping the wrath of creating a Socialist State Gov. Sue yourselves not Trump Admin@gop
— Rebekahzz (@Rellyhappening) April 4, 2019
So they DON’T want him to build a wall or stop illegals coming BUT they want to sue him for allowing them to come bc its costing an influx in cost to them ?♀️ you cant make this shit up! ? too bad so sad-you get what you ask for dipshits.
— Mandy???#VoteRed (@volbeatlifewife) April 4, 2019
Here’s an idea for San Diego County – be in the side of #BuildTheWall
— carol bliss (@bliss1982) April 4, 2019
— Edge? #USA #IStandWithIsrael (@EdgeLSeawolf) April 4, 2019
Why are they suing the Trump administration? Isn’t this a Sanctuary State? They need to be suing the governor and other Democrats in their own state who created this mess.
— EABriere (@llovemyfreedom) April 4, 2019
California…..you reap what you sow..You wanted them…you got them..now you take care of them. Of course they are going to blame President Trump..
NO FEDERAL MONEY
— Renee Bialas (@BialasRenee) April 4, 2019
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