Long Beach Convention Center to be used to shelter 1,000 migrant children
The Long Beach City voted unanimously to enter negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and FEMA to shelter 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children for the next 120 days or Aug 2nd.
How did we get here:
Last week, the city of Long Beach was approached by the HHS to house at the convention center as it tries to find room for an influx of migrant children at the border who have already overwhelmed the immigration system for the past three months.
The children will begin arriving in two weeks after the city and HHS have reached an agreement. According to Disaster Preparedness Director Reginald Harrison, the Convention Center can hold up to 1,000 children, with each child getting about 60 square feet of space and one staff member for every eight children under FEMA guidelines.
City officials will be following the San Diego model in which HHS will manage the entire operation, and Long Beach will assist with supportive services like food and health care with local vendors.
Director Harrison says the temporary shelter site won't affect the current COVID-19 vaccination site nor convention business.
Long Beach will be joining San Diego and Dallas in momentarily converting its convention center into a "temporaory intake site."
According to Axios, the CDC is authorized shelters for child migrants crossing the US-Mexico border to grow to maximum capacity, abandoning a requirement that they remain below 50% to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
At least 82 migrant teens staying at the migrant shelter inside the San Diego Convention Center tested positive for COVID-19, per ABC 10 San Diego.