published on February 4, 2019 - 1:14 PM
Written by Associated Press

(AP) – The San Diego mayor says the city plans to hire its first manager to lead an ambitious effort to welcome immigrants and refugees and integrate them into the community through education and job assistance.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer says economic growth is tied to immigrants.

The announcement came less than a week after San Diego County decided to provide a building to shelter asylum seekers.

The Republican mayor says he has included $70,000 in his proposed budget for the immigrant affairs manager position.

A steering committee involving business owners, university researchers and humanitarian groups has drafted a blueprint for the city that includes providing incentives for everyone from landlords to employers to help immigrants.

Faulconer says his focus is on refugees and immigrants who have green cards or citizenship.

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