It's official: San Diego is suing the Trump administration over mishandling of asylum-seekers
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has finally said fuck all the noise and voted to sue the Trump administration over its gross mishandling of asylum-seeking families.
The decision between the five supervisors was made in private, with 4-1 vote favoring the lawsuit. Although details of the litigation are not confirmed, board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob cited the Trump administration's careless release of "asylum-seeking families into our community without providing critical resources or even places to shelter."
Jacob's continued by saying: "The Trump administration created this crisis by releasing asylum-seeking families into our community without providing critical resources or even places to shelter. The federal government has failed to consider the impact of its own actions on public health and safety, and the lawsuit is an effort to hold the feds accountable." The mishandling includes separating migrant children from parents and abhorrent living conditions in detention centers.
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the only liberal-leaning member of the board, released his own statement weighing in on the lawsuit.
"San Diego County will not abandon asylum seekers. We are committed to continuing our work with San Diego Rapid Response Network and the state of California to ensure humane and compassionate treatment for all."
On the other side of the argument, the only supervisor to vote against suing, Kristin Gaspar, released her own statement citing the move as wasteful "political posturing."
"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."
Supervisors Greg Cox and Jim Desmond both declined to speak on the matter.
The move comes a month after the board agreed to turn a shutdown county courthouse into temporary housing for asylum seekers. The San Diego Rapid Response Network would be leasing the building for $1 to provide services to asylum seekers until December 31st, 2019.