San Diego County Provides Government Building to Shelter Asylum Seekers

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The government-owned property at 1555 Sixth Avenue in San Diego is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from April 2018.

The government-owned property at 1555 Sixth Avenue in San Diego is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from April 2018.

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San Diego County elected officials have agreed to provide a government-owned building to shelter asylum seekers.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to allow an unused courthouse to temporarily house asylum seekers.

Since late October, the U.S. has been releasing asylum seekers from detention without giving them time to make travel arrangements. Many were dropped off at bus stations or on the streets with no money.

U.S. officials say there is not enough detention space to keep up with the growing numbers of families crossing from Mexico.

Jewish Family Service — part of a coalition that ran another shelter from a church — will pay for the operation. Most stay about 48 hours before heading to their U.S. destinations.

The coalition has helped some 5,000 migrants since the rapid releases started in October.

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