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More Migrant Children Arrive at San Diego Convention Center – NBC 7 San Diego

What to Know

  • The San Diego Convention Center is anticipated to obtain 138 migrant youngsters on Wednesday
  • Eighty-two youngsters have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and all stay asymptomatic.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sheltering the unaccompanied minor migrants till extra everlasting preparations could be discovered throughout their asylum case proceedings

A 3rd group of unaccompanied migrant women searching for asylum within the United States was flown to San Diego Wednesday the place they are going to be sheltered quickly earlier than being reunited with household elsewhere within the nation or moved into sponsor houses.

The website is anticipated to obtain 138 youngsters on Wednesday.

Around 250 youngsters are anticipated to reach each different day till the conference middle reaches its shelter capability of 1,450, based on HHS spokesperson Bonnie Preston.

The shelter is anticipated to succeed in capability by April 4.

There at the moment are 82 youngsters who’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19. All stay asymptomatic, Preston instructed NBC 7.

Preston stated those that examined optimistic, together with anybody they could have been in shut contact with, have been transported individually and being housed individually from others at the conference middle.

Photos: Inside the San Diego Convention Center Being Used to Provide Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors

HHS has applied COVID-19 security protocols at the conference middle to restrict the unfold of COVID-19. All of the women within the care of HHS are being examined each three days, Preston stated. Migrants are separated into pods of about 50, which will not intermingle.

The first group of migrants, about 476 women ages 13 to 17, arrived Saturday night from Texas whereas beneath the custody of immigration authorities, a spokesperson for the Mexican consulate stated.

The majority of the migrants have been from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Another group of migrant women is anticipated in San Diego Monday night. NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda has the main points.

The women are anticipated to remain for about 35 days whereas caseworkers with South Bay Community Services try to contact current relations within the United States or sponsors who will home the minors whereas they undergo courtroom proceedings for his or her asylum claims.

The conference middle has the power to accommodate as many as 1,450 migrant youngsters. County leaders set to work on making ready the house, in coordination with FEMA and HHS final week after receiving a name asking for a short lived shelter location for unaccompanied migrant youngsters. While the county operates the power, it’s managed and paid for by HHS.

The conference middle operation will present meals, a spot to sleep, instructional and leisure actions, and showers. Rady’s Children Hospital will lead in offering medical care to the women at the conference middle, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria stated.

The children is not going to be permitted to depart the conference middle till reunification occurs.

The authorities stated there have been almost 5,000 youngsters in Border Patrol custody as of Tuesday, March 23, and a further 11,551 at Department of Health and Human Services shelters.

The conference middle is presently vacant after a program to accommodate homeless San Diegans got here to an finish and earlier than summer season occasions resume at the busy website. The conference middle will home the minors till mid-July.

In latest weeks, the variety of unaccompanied minors has dramatically elevated, straining the power of CBP to carry them of their detention services till they are often turned over to HHS. The division homes them till they are often positioned with kin or sponsors whereas the federal government decides whether or not they have a authorized declare for residency.

This is the primary website in California providing this type of shelter, officers stated. Local leaders have provided up the conference middle via July. A spokesperson for the conference middle stated occasions have been canceled till then however main occasions are again on the books for August whereas the middle is awaiting reopening steerage from the state.