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Pima County seeks temporary employees for border health program

The Pima County Health Department is looking for temporary employees to bulk up a program focused on border health issues, as border officials and aid workers in Arizona respond to a sharp rise in asylum seekers and migrants.

The health department is planning a job fair on Jan. 5 in Tucson to fill 19 temporary positions within its Emergency Mitigation and Preparedness division. 

The division provides temporary shelter, medical screenings and other services for asylum seekers and migrants after they’ve been released by the Border Patrol.   

The agency’s Tucson Sector has reported high numbers of  asylum seekers for the last several months. Many of those allowed to enter the United States and await their court dates come to shelters in Tucson before making their way to join sponsors elsewhere. 

The health department says the temporary positions will last through June.

Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.