The final vote came in at 4-1, with Deputy Mayor of Escondido Olga Diaz supporting the shelter.
An Escondido City Council meeting and public hearing on the controversial topic took place at the City Hall in downtown Escondido Wednesday night. About 100 residents and neighboring community members were in attendance to voice their opinion.
While seated, many held up signs that read, "Stop racism" and "Quarantine all who enter the U.S."
At times, public outcries prompted Escondido mayor, Sam Abed, to shush the chambers and demanded everyone respect one another while they spoke.
Originally a proposition by Southwest Key, suggested to transform an old nursing home into a migrant youth shelter. It would house 48 beds with a maximum of 96 children between the ages of 6 and 17.
The city's planning commission had already voted unanimously to deny the permit twice in the past, but the ACLU appealed the decision.
The ACLU argued the migrant home would bring in $8 million each year for the city and create much needed jobs for the community.