On the other hand, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center has too many citizen-supporting events booked to be used as shelter.
A couple of weeks ago, I reported that San Diego’s political leaders have allowed the federal government to use the famed San Diego Convention Center as an illegal immigrant shelter to address the continuing Biden border crisis. Despite the fact many area schools aren’t allowed in-person schooling due to COVID19 rules, some teachers were willing to do such teaching for the teenage immigrants.
The flow of migrants is so steady that a third wave is now in San Diego, with more soon to be processed.
A third group of unaccompanied migrant girls seeking asylum in the United States was flown to San Diego Wednesday where they will be sheltered temporarily before being reunited with family elsewhere in the country or moved into sponsor homes.
The site received a total of 225 children on Wednesday. There are now 948 being sheltered at the convention center through a joint partnership between the county and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Around 250 children are expected to arrive every other day until the convention center reaches its shelter capacity of 1,450, according to HHS spokesperson Bonnie Preston.
The crisis is escalating, and new facilities are needed. The feds are now looking at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Federal authorities are considering using the Long Beach Convention Center as a facility to provide temporary shelter for the overwhelming number of migrants, many of them children, arriving in the United States from Mexico, sources told the Post.
Convention centers in San Diego and Dallas have already been converted to shelters to help house the thousands of migrants packing facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks.
If the plan goes forward, the children in Long Beach could be housed in the Convention Center’s 45,000-square-foot Arena until being transported to safe housing elsewhere in the U.S., according to sources, who weren’t authorized to speak on the record.
Officials including City Manager Tom Modica and several councilmembers including Councilwoman Cindy Allen—whose district includes the Convention Center—could not immediately be reached Thursday morning. A spokesman for Mayor Robert Garcia also did not immediately respond.
At this point, Americans might worry the government will target all civic centers. However, Florida’s Orange Country Convention Center is off limits with events of fundamental importance to citizens.
Federal officials checked out the Orange County Convention Center as a possible emergency shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children, but it was rejected because space wasn’t available at the right time, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Wednesday.
The Mayor said he gave federal authorities a tour of the center as a possible relocation site for thousands of children huddled in overcrowded facilities at the Mexican border.
However, the convention center did not have the space available for the times the federal authorities needed and the option was rejected, Demings said in a statement.
“I was contacted by the Federal Emergency Management Administration to explore the potential use of the Orange County Convention Center as a temporary shelter for unaccompanied children in order to decompress the situation at the border. County staff provided a tour of the Convention Center and space availability. However, due to existing commitments, the Convention Center could not provide the space for the requested period of time and the federal government decided not to pursue the option any further,” Deming stated.
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