By Mario Conde The Imperial County Board of Supervisors discussed the potential impacts of the possible transfer of undocumented immigrants to the areas for processing. The County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning and the topic of discussion as an emergency item by CEO Ralph Cordova and had a lengthy discussion about it. Cordova spoke about possible transfer of illegal immigrants from Texas to California that could bring up to 140 immigrants family and children units every three days. The U.S. border agents have apprehended about 52,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border since the beginning of October. Most of them come from Central America and Mexico. Cordova said that the plan is to fly the detainees to Yuma and then be brought to Imperial Valley on a bus. U.S. Border Patrol has decided to cancel plans for the moment to fly the detainees from overcrowded detention centers in Texas to San Diego and El Centro to be processed for the moment. However, CEO Cordova said that if this continues there would be impacts to the County services and hospitals in the Imperial Valley. “This will have an impact on several of our County services form social services to our county jails.” Cordova said. Supervisor Mike Kelley said the County needs to do its part in finding solutions and proposed to use the current ICE Facility to keep the detainees and keep the families in the new detention facility. “We as a County need to do our part to solve our part and be prepared for whatever situation we might be facing.” Supervisor Mike Kelley said. Representatives from the U.S. Border Patrol where present at the meeting and answered questions the board had. Supervisor Ryan Kelley said that it was the federal government that crated this problem and they need to recognize that. “Let them know that we are willing to have a conversation with them and talk about the impact this will have in our community.” Supervisor Ryan Kelley told the Border Patrol representatives. CEO Ralph Cordova suggested contacting Congressman Juan Vargas so he can take the lead on this issue and it was agreed by the board to continue this discussion for next week and what will be the contingency plan of action the county will take should this transfer resumes in the next couple of days.

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