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California Senate approves $5 million in spending on immigration aid

Posted: 4:48 PM, Feb 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-11 19:48:08-05
Gavin Newsom

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Monday, the California Senate approved $5 million to support humanitarian organizations responding to the southern border.

The funding was proposed by Gavin Newsom’s draft budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

The budget includes an additional $20 million over the next three years for immigration or human trafficking.

“The San Diego Rapid Response Network applauds the Legislature and Governor Newsom for their leadership in providing critical funding to address our region’s migrant shelter crisis,” said Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, a core partner of the San Diego Rapid Response Network.

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“We look forward to working with the State to serve the needs of asylum-seeking families in San Diego County as they exercise their legal, human right to seek safety and protection from violence and persecution in their home countries.”

The announcement comes the same day Newsome announced the withdrawal of National Guard Troops from the border.

Newsome said, while about 100 troops will remain at the southern border, the rest will be reassigned.

At a news conference Monday, Newsom called Americans lazy, saying they should question why the Trump Administration wants to spend $5.7 billion on border security.