Source: Thousands of immigrant children coming to San Diego

Point Loma building could house hundreds of kids

SAN DIEGO - A 10News source is revealing a new plan to bring thousands of undocumented children to San Diego.

The proposal would turn the former Sharp-Cabrillo Skilled Nursing Center into housing for hundreds of immigrant children. The building closed five years ago and has been vacant since.

"I would like to see it used instead of sitting their vacant," said Linda Lingo, who supports the plan.

A source told 10News federal officials want to bring 3,000 immigrant children to San Diego, and many of them could be housed at the old nursing facility.

A similar plan received heated debate at an Escondido planning commission meeting Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people showed up to the meeting, many to voice their opposition against opening a shelter for immigrant kids. In the end, the planning commission voted against it.

A spokesperson for the San Diego sector of the U.S. Border Patrol told 10News, "No final plans have been put in place as of this moment. However, there are plans which include transportation of in-custody individuals to other sectors on the southwest border to assist with the processing of apprehended immigrants."

10News asked several Point Loma residents what they think about an immigrant housing facility in their backyard. Some neighbors were on both sides of the fence.

"I think they should not allow those children to come over with their parents; they need to send them back to their country and let each country take care of their own kids," Kim Oliver-Fink said.

"They're innocent victims that are caught in this crossfire with no intention of coming up here and taking jobs or any financial gain they just need a place to stay," Lingo said.

A spokesperson for Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office confirms the city has been in talks with Border Patrol officials but would not go into details because the mayor hasn't received an official proposal.

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