Illegal Immigrants Overwhelm Border City, Mayor Declares State of Emergency
Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls says no resources to deal with influx
The Mayor of an Arizona border city has been forced to declare a state of emergency due to the local community being overwhelmed with immigrants, according to reports.
Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls said that migrants being released by the U.S. Border Patrol are flowing in much faster than they are leaving.
Nicholls also noted that shelters and charitable groups are unable to deal with the influx due to lack of resources.
“There is an imminent threat on having too many migrant releases into our community,” Nicholls said in an announcement posted on Facebook.
“It’s above our capacity as a community to sustain.”
The mayor also issued a warning on mobs of migrants “roaming the streets looking to satisfy basic human needs."
Nicholls said Tuesday; he had no choice but to declare a state of emergency.
“Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system,” he said.
According to Western Journal: The mayor also asked the federal government to help the border crisis in Yuma.
“I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our [nongovernmental organizations] are over capacity and cannot sustain providing this aid.”
The City of Yuma, with a population of about 95,000, offered a similar proclamation on Twitter.
“Migrants being released into the community faster than they are departing, and shelters and the staff to run them are at max capacity. A state of emergency is declared,” the city tweeted.
Mayor: Migrants being released into the community faster than they are departing, and shelters and the staff to run them are at max capacity. A state of emergency is declared.— City of Yuma (@cityofyuma) April 16, 2019
This proclamation came amid a massive surge in border crossings, which has resulted in thousands of migrants being released into the country.
“The Yuma Sector has over the last two years seen an extraordinary spike in the number of immigrant families who turn themselves in,” The Associated Press reported last month.
“Yuma Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum said Thursday that agents have arrested 30,000 people in the relatively small sector since October 1.
“The facility in Yuma has the capacity to temporarily hold 410 people.”
President Donald Trump is right when he talks about the border crisis, and this should be evidence enough that a border wall must be built to address the crisis.
Thankfully, the Pentagon has already sent funds to begin construction for a wall in Yuma, but the border wall is long overdue.
Illegal immigration is absolutely crushing local communities in border towns.