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ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Escondido City Council upheld a decision Wednesday to deny a permit to open a shelter in Escondido for undocumented migrant children.

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.

9 comments

  • Wlov

    It just does not seem like a good idea to bus in thousands of citizens from Mexico and South America to California when we have so little water the government has to enact a laws to make it illegal to water a plant in a pot after 10 am.

  • Lynne Smith

    THEY ARE ILLEGAL, WHAT PART OF THIS DOES OUR STATE NOT UNDERSTAND?
    WHY ARE WE MAKING HOMES FOR THEM AND MAKING THEM COMFORTABLE, THEY NEED TO GO BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
    OR MAYBE ACLU WOULD LIKE TO HOUSE THEM IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

    • Johnnybbaby

      Lynne, I agree 100% Let all of these activists put them in their homes and feed them. I have to pay to put my kid through college. He doesn’t get a Dream Act pass like these leeches.

      • Barbara

        I agree with you one hundred percent. We, American Citizens regardless of nation of historical origin, color or religious preference, get kicked to the curb after paying taxes all our lives to provide for people of other countries who break our law. No. Governor Brown and all those liberals should pay out of their own pockets to support these people. We should not be forced to help law breakers. I say send them back home country and charge their country for the price of the ticket. Take the ticket price out of the aide money we send them. As for the ACLU. it is not American Civil Liberty Union, I have yet to hear of them helping an American. ACLU stands for Anti-American Civil Liberty Union.

  • Ron

    Migrants my A$$!!! Illegal invaders!! Deport them now!! ACLU is supposed to mean American civil liberties not illegal, non-citizens you fcking pieces of SH!T!!!!

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