California to spend $28M to help arriving asylum seekers

In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Honduran asylum seekers are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, in California, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. AP photo/Moises Castillo, file photo
Elliot Spagat The Associated Press California is freeing up as much as $28 million to help asylum seekers who are arriving from Mexico and being released in the U.S. until their court dates, in contrast to other border states that have emerged as foes of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. The funding, which is expected to last through June, comes as Biden unwinds former President Donald Trump’s policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico until their court hearings. It will pay for hotel rooms for immigrants to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic before going to their final destinations throughout the U.S. Money also will go to Jewish Family Service of San Diego to provide food, transportation and help with travel logistics. The state will fund health servic
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