Cafeteria workers prepare meals for migrant teens in San Diego (Image source: KSWB-TV video screenshot)
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One county supervisor says, 'I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity'
The San Diego County Board of Education has agreed to send teachers to provide in-person instruction for the hundreds of teen migrant girls being housed at the San Diego Convention Center, while many of the schools in the district remain closed to in-class learning.
One county supervisor said of the move, "I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity."
What are the details?
The Los Angeles Times reported over the weekend that "the first 500" migrant girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have arrived at the convention center for shelter from Texas and Arizona, part of an overwhelming wave of unaccompanied children that have arrived in the U.S. at its southern border since President Joe Biden took office.
The outlet reported, "The San Diego County Board of Education will provide classes for the girls. Ping-pong tables and soccer balls, among other recreational items, will also be available."
San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "The San Diego County Board of Education will be sending teachers for in-person learning for the migrant children at the convention center. It's great there's in-person learning for them, I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity."
Local outlet KUSI-TV shared Desmond's post, affirming the message.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Unified remains closed "but is scheduled to open for in-person instruction on April 12." The district and its charter schools "are expected to get a total of $342.6 million from the American Rescue Plan."
Biden administration officials boasted of the care the migrants girls will receive, including one-on-one legal services, phones to call relatives, laundry services, and three meals along with snacks each day. The federal government is footing the bill.
"We're really excited by the wealth of service array that's available here," Heidi Staples, a federal field specialist with Health and Human Services told The Times. "It's really great for the kids."
But not everyone is happy that resources are being prioritized for illegal immigrants over other residents of San Diego.
The San Diego Convention Center was, until recently, being used as a temporary homeless shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One person told KSWB-TV, "If they really, really, truly cared for people, they could walk around our sidewalk right here — any part of San Diego — we have mentally ill, we have elderly, we have our vets all sleeping outside on the sidewalk. Why aren't they being helped like this?"
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