San Diego’s Republican Mayor Needs To Make Metropolis Extra Welcoming To Immigrants

Simply sooner or later after President Donald Trump instructed non-Individuals to remain in another country, the Republican mayor of America’s largest border metropolis despatched a very reverse message.

On Monday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer introduced a 5-year plan to make town extra welcoming to immigrants.

“Immigrants from across the globe assist outline our metropolis. San Diego has lengthy been a vacation spot for folks seeking alternative, refugees trying to rebuild their lives, and new residents who’re proud to name America dwelling,” Faulconer stated, in keeping with the Los Angeles Instances. “San Diego’s financial system, workforce and future development are linked to our potential to welcome new Individuals into our group.”

Officers stated that greater than 800,000 immigrants reside in San Diego County, making up almost 25 p.c of the inhabitants, in keeping with native station KGTV.

The five-year plan consists of $70,000 for an immigrant affairs supervisor who can coordinate present efforts to serve immigrant and refugee communities and to implement the 20-some suggestions within the plan, in keeping with the LA Instances.

The announcement of the pro-immigration plan comes sooner or later after Trump posted this anti-immigration tweet:

Joel Day, a staffer for the mayor, admitted that San Diego’s plan is lots completely different than the method taken by the Trump administration.

“We do it in another way right here,” Day instructed the LA Instances. “On the finish of the day, we don’t get to set federal coverage on immigration — who is available in and who goes out — however what we do have management over is making folks really feel welcome in our metropolis. Whether or not you’re a Democrat or a Republican, it doesn’t matter. We would like all people to really feel welcome right here.”

A number of the suggestions within the plan embrace growing civil engagement, offering extra alternatives to immigrant staff and entrepreneurs, growing entry to schooling and metropolis providers and bettering relationships between immigrant communities and native police.

Different suggestions are extra lighthearted, corresponding to a San Diego World Cup soccer match made up of groups from completely different neighborhoods.

Though many civic leaders are supporting the plan, some fear it is going to be scrapped by a future mayor until steps are taken now.

“For us this plan will stay simply that — a plan — until we commit the assets to make it occur,” Karim Bouris, government director of Enterprise for Good and member of the steering committee, instructed the Instances.