Calif. supervisor Jim Desmond says Biden admin. taking advantage of region

FILE - In this May 26, 2010, file photo, men sit in the sun in the health ward at the Otay Mesa immigration detention center in San Diego. Thousands of immigration detainees have been moved around the country, far from their homes, for reasons like bed availability or medical care, according to federal officials. San Diego County has approved a plan to provide attorneys to immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, approved a $5 million, one-year pilot program. It would provide lawyers for free to those detained at Otay Mesa Detention Center, the local federal immigration detention facility. San Diego will be the first southern border county in the U.S. to provide such legal representation. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

FILE – Immigrants sit in the sun in the health ward at the Otay Mesa immigration detention center in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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A county supervisor in Southern California said the Biden administration is taking advantage of the region’s compassion for illegal immigrants.

On Wednesday, Jim Desmond asserted that Joe Biden is putting the health of San Diego residents at risk by refusing to test most illegal immigrants who enter the U.S. for COVID-19. He said while his heart breaks for asylum seekers, the health of the region should also be considered as it attempts to safely reopen.

This comes amid at least 1,400 minors being housed at a detention facility in the county. Immigration attorney Esther Clayton also weighed in by saying officials are not being transparent about the health of those minors. The attorney added, $200 million in Health and Human Service funds meant for COVID-19 were allocated to house unaccompanied minors.

Also in his statement, Desmond said it does not appear this will change anytime soon.

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