O’Donnell Statement on the Temporary Placement of Immigrant Children at the Long Beach Convention Center

Chair of Assembly Education Committee calls for compassionate approach to housing migrant children separated from their families at the border

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement on the temporary placement of immigrant children at the Long Beach Convention Center:

“We must do everything we can to care for immigrant children held in crowded and unsafe conditions at the border. Using the Long Beach Convention Center to house and care for them until they can be reunited with their families is a start.

Our city and state must show compassion and kindness to children separated from their families, and I will work to do everything possible to ensure they are well cared for while they are housed here. But we cannot accept this as a substitution for reuniting them with their loved ones.

I am a parent and I know, as many do, that every day a child is separated from their loved ones is traumatic. This is a first step to helping alleviate that trauma and to show the compassion, caring, and willingness to step forward that Long Beach and California are known for.

I am committed to working with the City and the Biden Administration to ensure that the Convention Center has the resources it needs to not only care for the children but expedite the reunification of these families.”

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.