Pomona Fairplex to shelter unaccompanied migrant children

POMONA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Pomona Fairplex has agreed to serve as an emergency shelter for migrant children, becoming at least the third major facility in Southern California to take on such a role, a county official said Thursday.

Hilda Solis, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced the decision and said the Biden White House had contacted her about the issue.

"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."

The Biden administration has been reaching out to communities throughout the country to find space for housing unaccompanied migrant children who are currently being sheltered in overcrowded Border Patrol facilities.

Long Beach and San Diego have both offered use of their convention centers as temporary shelters.

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After a request from the Biden administration, the San Diego Convention Center will be used to shelter unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum.

Details were not immediately available on how many children the Fairplex would house and when the plan would start.

The Pomona Fairplex is run by a nonprofit organization in partnership with Los Angeles County. It hosts the LA County Fair and hundreds of other events in non-pandemic years. It is also currently serving as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

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