This week, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $764,000 for an Immigration Deportation Legal Defense Fund. We did so after hearing the impassioned pleas from many who came to our last two Board meetings to share their stories – and anger at the treatment of immigrant families, particularly the children, at our borders.
San Mateo County is proud of our immigrant population. In fact, one out of three residents here are foreign born. This County has a commitment to support all – regardless of immigration status.
My priority in setting up this Deportation Legal Defense Fund is to move this process as quickly as possible. I am honored to serve on the subcommittee where we will be exploring ideas to better support our unaccompanied minors and our immigrant population.
Again, thank you to those who came to our Board meetings – we are listening! The Board will discuss more details about this new fund at our July 10 meeting at 9:00am.