A Haitian refugee awaits meal at a Tijuana center in 2017. Photo by Chris Stone

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously signaled support for continued refugee resettlement in San Diego County.

The board authorized the chief administrative officer to provide a letter in favor of continued resettlement of refugees, in accordance with Executive Order 13888.

President Donald Trump’s signed the order Sept. 26 requiring official consent from state and local government officials for the federal government to resettle refugees in their area.

Meeting attendees — many of whom spoke in favor of the action — applauded after the board’s vote. The county will continue receiving $4 million in federal revenue to help refugees, but also will pursue more funding sources.

Other agencies that help refugees receive a total of $3.65 million, according to county documents.

Board Chairman Greg Cox said the county has been a refugee resettlement area since 1975, welcoming many from around the world.

“This is our responsibility, to care for them and provide for critical services,” he said.

In a statement Tuesday, Bishop Robert McElroy and Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan of the San Diego Roman Catholic Diocese thanked the Board of Supervisors for their action.

“The diocese’s agency that has worked for decades to resettle refugees, Catholic Charities, also thanks the organizations that worked tirelessly to support this resolution,” a spokeswoman said.

“San Diego County has a legacy of accepting refugees who are fleeing violence and persecution, including religious persecution,” she said. “They have enriched our county with their gifts and hard work, which have contributed to our common good. Today, the Board of Supervisors affirmed that legacy.”

— City News Service contributed to this report

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