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How many migrant girls are at the San Diego Convention Center?

After these lots of of girls crossed the border, they had been just about warehoused in crowded amenities earlier than coming to San Diego.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s emergency shelter for immigrant girls is nearing capability. It’s anticipated to exceed 1,000 girls this weekend, but it surely appears to be working easily.

Suffering via loneliness and hardship in the excessive, the youngsters have landed in a superb place: the San Diego Convention Center.

“What we can do as San Diegans is make sure we’re protecting some of these young girls who have been in really challenging situations, just make sure that they’re safe,” San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas declared. 

After these lots of of girls crossed the border, they had been just about warehoused in crowded amenities earlier than coming to San Diego.

“The Convention Center knows how to welcome people; it’s what they do,” San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria instructed News 8. 

Some of the girls shared their emotions about the troublesome journey with Supervisor Vargas, throughout her visits there. 

“How difficult it was for them but how grateful they are to have warm food, a nice bed, and people who are taking care of them,” she mentioned. 

It’s a significant operation, involving many organizations and lots of of volunteers. There’s a clinic, too, with 120 of the girls having examined constructive for the COVID-19.

Mayor Gloria spoke of the nice cooperation right here.

“Between the Convention Center, South Bay Community Services, Rady Children’s Hospital, we have really put together something that is meeting the needs of these children under these difficult circumstances,” he mentioned. 

Health and security are excessive priorities however there’s additionally a necessity for contact with household and mates.

Supervisor Vargas touched on that. 

“One of the younger girls mentioned to me, you already know, I have never talked to my mother and father in about 25 days. It’s been a protracted journey and I want I might inform them personally that I’m okay and so I do know we’re making an attempt to get telephones for them,” Vargas mentioned. 

Vargas additionally addressed the urgency of transferring them to everlasting houses. 

“90% of them have household or shut relations already ready for them, so ensuring that course of is transferring ahead as quickly as potential, I believe is admittedly essential,” she mentioned. 

The most quantity is about at 1450, which is anticipated this coming week. 

The facility will shut in mid-July.

WATCH: 33 migrant girls staying at San Diego Convention Center check constructive for COVID-19

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