From SDRRN Steering Committee: Kate Clark, senior director of immigration services, Jewish Family Service of San Diego; Norma Chavez-Peterson, executive director, ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties; David Garcias, former president, Local 221 SEIU; and Alejandra Garcias, Dreamer Center project specialist, Southwestern College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Diego Rapid Response Network Statement Re: SDRRN Migrant Shelter Services Capacity Update
December 23, 2022
Every day, San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Migrant Shelter Services welcomes hundreds of asylum seekers released from U.S. Department of Homeland Security with a priority on the most vulnerable, including those with medical conditions, families, LGBTQI, etc.
Due to the extreme weather conditions impacting outbound travel, our resources and the current infrastructure have been stretched to capacity. At this time, we cannot respond to requests coming through the SDRRN emergency hotline to assist in sheltering additional asylum seekers.
We will resume welcoming additional asylum seekers as capacity and weather conditions improve, while also calling on the federal government to prioritize rebuilding our country’s broken asylum and immigration systems, including improved processes for migrant shelter services across the border region.
SDRRN remains committed to welcoming asylum seekers into our country, with public health as our top priority. All levels of government must work together to meet the needs of all asylum seekers arriving in San Diego.
For more information about the current situation, media may contact the State of California’s public information officers – California Department of Social Services: Scott Murray, [email protected], or Jason Montiel, [email protected]; California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services: [email protected].
About San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN)
Today, as the operators of SDRRN Migrant Shelter Services, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) in partnership with the State of California, welcomed more than 250 people. We provided food, shelter, case management, and medical and legal services to welcome asylum seekers with dignity and respect.
Together, we have created critical infrastructure that has kept our community, staff and migrant families safe, meeting extraordinary needs in historic circumstances.
We are grateful for the State of California’s continued leadership and support, much of which has made possible the extraordinary success we have had in welcoming more than 110,000 asylum seekers since we launched the SDRRN Migrant Shelter Services in October 2018.
This critical work is only possible with the support of donations at www.rapidresponsesd.org and volunteers at www.jfssd.org/helpnow.