A California mayor fears that immigrants will end up flooding the streets of his city because a nearby immigration center went bankrupt after just five months.
The nonprofit SBCS closed its doors Thursday after wasting $6 million of taxpayer money in just a few months.
The immigration center, formerly known as South Bay Community Services, said the number of people needing help at that time “increased significantly.”
The center, located in Chula Vista, had been welcoming those crossing the border from San Diego, which in the last five months have numbered more than 100,000.
The mayor of nearby El Cajon, Bill Wells, has now said Fox News who fears the closure will create a “serious problem” for his community.
The center, located in Chula Vista, had been welcoming those who crossed the border from San Diego, which in the last five months has added more than 100,000
Migrants board a US Border Patrol vehicle on February 13, 2024 in San Diego, California
The Republican is concerned that, after the closure of the nonprofit organization, immigrants will congregate in his city. Here you can see photographs of migrants taken to El Cajón.
In this image, migrants are seen after being transported by bus to El Cajón, the city governed by Mayor Wells.
He told the outlet: ‘In the last few months we have seen 100,000 immigrants cross the San Diego border.
‘Many of them have been absorbed into this county shelter that used taxpayer money.
‘They asked for $3 million and spent more than $6 million and now they say they ran out of money. Then we will see immigrants congregating in our streets.
‘At the same time this is happening, the border patrol is telling us that we are going from 300 deliveries per day to 1,000 deliveries per day.
“I think it will quickly become a pretty serious problem. They spend up to $8,000 per person per month to put someone up in a hotel.
“It ruins neighborhoods, it destroys hotels, it destroys our security infrastructure and it’s really bad for everyone.”
Announcing the closure of the centre, CEO Kathie Lembo said: “As the number of migrants arriving at the center has increased significantly in recent weeks, our finite resources have been stretched to the limit, leading to the closure of the centre. center on February 22.
“When we accepted the challenge of this work in October of last year, we knew two things: that it spoke to the heart of our mission and that it was for a limited time.”
Speaking of the $6 million the center spent, Lembo added: “With the receipt of that money there were expectations that it would be used until the end of March, so finishing a month early raises concerns and questions for me.”
Charity staff members provide food to migrants on February 13, 2024 in San Diego, California.
A Border Patrol agent patrols along a secondary border fence construction site that follows the length of the primary border fence separating the United States and Mexico in the San Diego Sector on August 22, 2019.
A Border Patrol agent asks asylum-seeking migrants to line up at a makeshift mountain camp after the group crossed the border into Mexico, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, near Jacumba Hot Springs.
Border Patrol agents have had 18,700 encounters with Mexican citizens in San Diego so far since the start of the fiscal year last October.
Asylum seekers wait in line to be processed by Border Patrol at a makeshift camp near the US-Mexico border east of Jacumba, San Diego County, California, January 2, 2024.
Earlier this week it emerged that the border in San Diego is experiencing a large increase in the number of detained Chinese immigrants.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has recorded 21,000 encounters with Chinese nationals in the San Diego sector since the fiscal year began in October, according to CBP data obtained by Fox News That’s not public yet.
That’s more than the 18,700 encounters with Mexican citizens during the same period, and second only to the 28,000 Colombians CBP reported encountering in the sector.
In fiscal year 2023, CBP reported that 24,048 Chinese nationals were detained by Border Patrol on the southern border, more than 10 times more than the 1,970 arrests recorded during fiscal year 2022 and just 323 the year before.
Speaking about the number of Chinese immigrants at the border, Wells added: “I went to the border recently and I came across a camp of people and they were all Chinese immigrants, which is a really serious concern.”
“It makes me nervous to see the enemies of our nation congregate in our city, we have no idea how many there are in El Cajon.”
A US Border Patrol chief warned that his agents are being overwhelmed by the flood of Chinese migrants crossing the border and warned they could be communist spies.
A migrant from China holds his passport and documents as he is photographed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in an outdoor waiting area as they prepare to board a bus to a processing facility near the small community. desert border of San Diego County. Jacumba Hot Springs in December 2023
A group of people, including many from China, walk along the wall after crossing the border with Mexico to seek asylum on October 24 near Jacumba, California.
Chief Border Patrol Agent Anthony Good of the Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector said last year that his agents were “doing everything they can to find out why [individuals from other continents are] come”, but that “information can be hidden” and “their agendas, their ideologies and the reason for their arrival could be overlooked.
New figures emerged this week showing that seven million migrants had managed to cross the southern border under President Biden.
Statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that in this fiscal year alone, 961,537 border encounters have already been reported.
The year, which runs from October to September, is already on pace to beat last year’s record of 2,475,669.
Since Biden took office, the total number of encounters at the southwest land border has reached a staggering 7,298,486.
The total does not include approximately 1.8 million known “leaks” who managed to evade law enforcement.
That number is larger than the individual populations of 36 states, including Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.