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Newsom to meet with San Diego leaders on aid for asylum seekers

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Posted at 6:53 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 23:48:40-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Governor Gavin Newsom is set to visit San Diego Thursday to meet with local leaders about relief for asylum seekers.

Newsom plans to meet and coordinate efforts to provide relief and humanitarian aid to those seeking asylum, according to a news release.

The recently-elected governor has already proposed $25 million to help to provide services to migrants.

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The meeting comes after Newsom proposed state-funded health coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally.

The insurance plan would also reinstate a mandate that everyone buy health insurance or face fines.

The visit also coincides with a recently-announced U.S. policy that keeps asylum seekers in Mexico while their claims are processed.

The changes, according to the Department of Homeland Security, are due to the high volume of asylum claims with no merit and the high number of migrants who disappeared in the U.S. while awaiting a ruling.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released the following statement on the policy:

We have implemented an unprecedented action that will address the urgent humanitarian and security crisis at the Southern border. This humanitarian approach will help to end the exploitation of our generous immigration laws. The Migrant Protection Protocols represent a methodical commonsense approach, exercising long-standing statutory authority to help address the crisis at our Southern border.

During the meeting, Newsom plans to meet with Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox, City Councilmember Chris Ward, and Jewish Family Service and ACLU of San Diego.

The meeting is set for Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Eshleman Auditorium.