Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced the state is pulling $521,000 from the recently established state Rapid Response Reserve Fund and giving that money to the Catholic Charities of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The money is to be used to support efforts to help "asylum seekers fleeing extreme poverty and rampant violence in Central America."
"California is a state of refuge," said Governor Newsom. "As the federal government demonizes legal asylum seekers, communities are coming together in California to assist those fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. Our state sends deep appreciation to the faith leaders, nonprofit organizations and local officials who are organizing humanitarian efforts in communities across Southern California."
Governor Newsom's aides point to reports of U.S. Border Patrol agents based in Yuma, Arizona dropping migrants and asylum seekers at a Greyhound stop on the California border. Riverside County officials are reportedly trying to direct the asylum seekers to churches and nonprofits providing temporary shelter and resources in the Blythe area.
The Rapid Response Reserve Fund was part of the first bill signed into law by Governor Newsom earlier this year.