The Escondido Planning Commission voted 6-0 against the proposal to a 96 bed shelter for illegal migrant children.
It was to be put in a residential neighborhood. This is outrageous in my opinion. I am thankful it did not pass.
More than 200 people attended the meeting, but most were Latino supporters of the shelter.
The applicant, Southwest Key Properties, a contractor for the Federal Government, has ten days to appeal the decision by the City Council. They declined to make a statement on the appeal.
"It's not our problem to have it next to our home," said Meghan Quade who lives near the facility.
Most of the children are traveling alone from Central America where gang violence and poverty has sent tens of thousands of them fleeing their homes in recent months.
Under federal law, these children are held in shelters while authorities look for their families and decide whether to grant them asylum or deport them.
Earlier in the day, representatives for several other religious and immigrant rights groups attended a news conference asking the commission to reconsider its decision.