Lofgren applauds Santa Clara Supervisors’ vote to assist with humanitarian border challenge

August 6, 2014
Press Release

SAN JOSE, CAU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) commended the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors following a 4-1 vote yesterday to authorize County staff to proceed with implementing a local "host family" program to help with the current humanitarian challenge of unaccompanied immigrant minors.

"I applaud Santa Clara County for taking a critical first step towards providing a safe and secure environment for little children fleeing violence, persecution and trafficking in their home countries," said Lofgren. "These children deserve our support, and today's vote demonstrates Santa Clara is an open, compassionate community capable of rising to the challenge the United States faces on its southwest border." 

Yesterday's vote comes after Lofgren addressed a July 15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors to express her concern about the plight of unaccompanied immigrant minors at the border, and urged the Board to explore options in which the County can assist small children fleeing from extreme violence and persecution.

Lofgren visited the border this July on a bipartisan Congressional delegation to the Rio Grande Valley to learn more about the unprecedented spike in unaccompanied migrant children apprehended along the southwest border.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider further action authorizing County Counsel to help provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children.

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