For Immediate Release: April 9, 2021
PEOC Executive Director, Fernando Romero
office # (909) 397 – 4215;
Pomona Fairplex to House Unaccompanied Migrant Children
The Fairplex is set to temporarily house and support with transitional needs of unaccompanied minors.
Pomona, CA — On Friday, April, 09 Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis announced that the Pomona Fairplex will serve as a temporary site for unaccompanied migrant children currently seeking family reunification in the US.
The Pomona Fairplex will become the second site in the County to temporarily house unaccompanied minors after the Long Beach Convention Center was also announced as a temporary shelter earlier in the week.
As PEOC, we echo the sentiment expressed by Supervisor Solis that LA County and the City of Pomona is and will continue to be a welcoming place for immigrants. This initiative is a step forward to reunite migrant children with family members and loved ones.
As we engage with our local officials and agencies, we look forward to working together to ensure that this temporary shelter at the Fairplex does not become an extension of immigration detention facilities. We look forward to engaging and ensure that this temporary shelter for minors provides humane treatment, due process and expedient reunification process with loved ones and family members.
We look forward to supporting in family reunification for migrant children being processed at the Fairplex. We support and welcome all immigrants, but we need a plan that focuses on reuniting these children with their families. We also need to ensure the plan includes efforts to provide safety and security for families.
We can no longer accept the band aid emergency response of the past. We must work towards creating real systems and alternatives that allow us to go beyond and treat these children and all immigrants as human beings.