San Diego Rapid Response Network launches fundraiser for asylum-seekers

Posted at 5:46 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 21:08:49-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A local group called the San Diego Rapid Response Network is calling on the community to help asylum-seekers being released throughout San Diego County. 

On Monday, the group held a press conference explaining how they have been helping the migrants as they are released by ICE, awaiting their asylum hearing. 

The network is made up of several local churches, the local ACLU, and Casa Cornelia. Volunteers say they have been helping migrants by providing shelter, food, and medical services. They say they've also made travel arrangements to help the migrants get to their final destination. 

Volunteers tell 10News the migrants are released with no resources and sometimes late at night. 

The group says they felt the need to help after ICE ended their policy of connecting the migrants with a family member or a sponsor before their release. 

ICE tells 10News they always plan for releases during the daylight hours but say sometimes things can get delayed since it is a multi-agency effort. They told us of only one instance where the group was released after sundown. 

The rapid response network is hoping the community will help with monetary donations so they can continue providing their services. If you'd like to help click here.