The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today in closed session to sue the federal government for changing its practice of how it deals with asylum seekers.
The single no vote was Supervisor Kristin Gaspar of the 4th District, which includes Escondido.
Gaspar explained her vote: “In an unprecedented maneuver today, my colleagues voted to hastily sue the federal government. This was done without any input from County staff, who was not given the direction or time to do any meaningful research or outreach to the agencies involved. The gains we have made with regard to assisting our asylum seeking families are now mired in a clumsy lawsuit that we have no chance of winning. I believe our federal immigration system needs major reforms, but I simply cannot put taxpayer dollars at risk for political posturing. I prefer to focus our time and efforts on real fixes rather than legal grandstanding.”
San Diego County is suing the federal government for reimbursement for housing costs etc. for the Asylum seekers that they had to support.
In a statement, board Chairman Dianne Jacob said the administration “created this crisis by releasing asylum-seeking families into our community without providing critical resources or even places to shelter.’’ She added that the lawsuit was filed to hold the government to account for failing to “consider the impact of its own actions on public health and safety,’’ which has included separating migrant children from their parents.