POMONA, Calif. - The Pomona Fairplex will serve as an emergency intake site to temporarily house unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis announced Thursday.
The county's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Departments of Children and Family Services, Public Health, Health Services and Mental Health "will be activated to support the migrant youth in their transition," Solis said.
Solis said she received a call from the White House and "I knew without question that it was our time to step up, as Los Angeles County always does."
"Los Angeles County has a responsibility and an opportunity to care for unaccompanied minors coming to the United States," Solis said. "This is not a border crisis, but, instead, it is everyone's crisis."
Fairplex will become the second site in Los Angeles County to temporarily house unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, joining the Long Beach Convention Center under a proposal unanimously approved by the Long Beach City Council Tuesday.