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San Diego introduces plan to help immigrants

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 21:32:43-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A group of San Diego city officials Monday announced plans for a program that would welcome immigrants and help them transition to life in America’s Finest City.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the Welcoming San Diego Strategic Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration Monday.

San Diego’s immigration population is estimated at more than 800,000.

“Immigrants from around the globe help define our city. San Diego has long been a destination for people in search of opportunity, refugees looking to rebuild their lives, and new citizens who are proud to call America home,” Mayor Faulconer said.

In 2016, San Diego County immigrant households contributed $2.1 billion in state and local taxes, according to a news release.

The plan presents ideas on how regional institutions can encourage a more connected community.

The long-term plan was created with input from hundreds of residents, dozens of organizations and businesses, and a cross-sector steering committee.

The plan focuses on economic opportunity, education, inclusive access, civic engagement and safe communities.

“It’s important our communities here in San Diego know they don’t stand alone. Our policies and actions must reflect a city that is welcoming,” City Council President Georgette Gómez said.