Yuma, Ariz. Mayor Declares State Of Emergency Over Migrant Influx
This week, Mayor Douglas Nicholls declared a local emergency after a number of asylum seekers overwhelmed the southern border city of Yuma, Arizona. Nearly 400 migrants slammed the local shelter system, exceeding its capacity in a matter of hours and forcing many families out onto the streets.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I declare that we’re at this point, but it is something that I believe we need to do to make sure that our community is maintained,” stated Nicholls. “And that the human rights of all the migrants are also maintained, and that we have a path forward that respects both.”
In a video shared to Facebook, Nicholls blamed insufficient transportation and a lack of resources for the crisis currently unfolding. He reiterated the declaration does not mean Yuma residents are in danger, rather it serves as a notice that the community needs outside assistance.
Purpose of the emergency declaration is to request resources to prevent humanitarian crisis. Full statement: https://www.yumaaz.gov/article/city-news/yuma-mayor-douglas-nicholls-proclaims-local-emergency-as-migrant-releases-continue …33
“It is clear that we are in a position that needs to be rectified on a national level, not just within the resources of our Yuma community,” he explained.
Yuma is the third busiest out of nine sectors. According to reports, agents made 25,000 migrant family apprehensions in the first six-months of fiscal year 2019.
The emergency declaration will now be sent to Arizona’s governor, who will ultimately decide whether to declare a statewide emergency.
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