U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents have been dropping off immigrants seeking asylum in eastern Riverside County since March of 2021.
But now, they are dropping them off in the Coachella Valley.
The State of California has opened a new Testing, Vaccination and Receiving Center in Indio which will offer Covid-19 Testing and Vaccination for migrants who are coming into the United States illegally.
Officially, Riverside County is calling them asylum seekers.
The Receiving Center in Indio is open 7 days a week near Highway 111 and Monroe Street.
The center provides Covid-19 testing, medical screening, transportation to shelters and support for eventually transporting the migrants to sponsors around the United States.
Covid-19 vaccinations are planned for a later date.
Since early March 2021, more than 2-thousand migrants have come into Riverside County. About half of them had to be isolated or quarantined based on a positive Covid-19 test.
Any positive test results among the migrants are not counted in Riverside County’s ongoing coronavirus case numbers.
The costs for the Testing, Vaccination and Receiving Center in Indio is being paid for by California taxpayers, with American taxpayers planning to reimburse whatever costs the county incurs.
Photo from Riverside County CA Public Health Dept.