LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement on the Pomona Fairplex serving as an emergency intake site to temporarily house unaccompanied minors arriving at southern border.

“Los Angeles County has a responsibility and an opportunity to care for unaccompanied minors coming to the United States. This is not a border crisis – but, instead, it is everyone’s crisis.

That is why I was so moved that the Pomona Fairplex has agreed to provide an emergency intake site for these young people. Unaccompanied minors are escaping gang violence, poverty, persecution, and challenges that no young person should have to endure – only to make the dangerous journey to the United States for a better life. But we acknowledge the pain they are trying to escape comes with them in the form of trauma that we all have a responsibility to help address.

As a daughter of immigrants and a public servant to so many County residents who are immigrants, I feel this responsibility strongly. That is why when the White House called me, I knew without question that it was our time to step up, as Los Angeles County always does. I thank President Biden and Vice President Harris for recognizing that these young people need the care, sustenance, recreation, and education Los Angeles County and the Pomona Fairplex will provide.

Our County agencies, including the Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Departments of Children and Family Services, Public Health, Health Services, and Mental Health, will be activated to support the migrant youth in their transition – and I know residents and our network of community organizations will step up to provide whatever is needed to ensure these young people are reunited with their families and find a loving and supportive home, which all young people deserve.”

CONTACT:

Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov

Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov