The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, declared a state of emergency at 1:50 pm on Thursday due to the “unprecedented numbers of migrants entering the city prior to being processed and released by Border Patrol.”
More than 6,000 immigrants have crossed the border in Yuma since Sunday, and federal agency personnel are struggling to manage the flow. The US Customs and Border Protection reported that since October 1, the number of migrant encounters have increased by 2,647% in the Yuma sector alone.
No, that’s not a typo.
In two months, Yuma has been swarmed with immigrants to the point that the city can no longer sustain itself on its own.
Mayor Douglas Nicholls’ state of emergency will be in effect until further notice as the immigrants are severely taxing local resources. The influx “has and will continue to strain the ability of medical staff and local hospital resources to provide essential and necessary medical care.”
In addition to taxing local resources, the immigration problem directly affects local farmers’ ability to grow crops.
Migrants are crossing active agriculture fields on foot, damaging crops, leaving waste, and putting food safety at risk.
The statement explained, “The encroachment on active production fields results in food safety concerns and the destruction of crops, which leads to significant economic loss and property damage in the farming community, loss of agriculture-related jobs, and a threat to the nation’s food security.”
It also addresses the dire conditions immigrants face, such as lack of food, water, shelter, transportation, and medical care.
The city is increasingly concerned about the unsustainable demand it now faces for its citizens and migrants.
The state of emergency makes Yuma eligible for federal and state-level support. The act will provoke state and federal authorities to provide funding for aid, relief, and assistance to mitigate the crisis.
This news came after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s press conference in Yuma on Monday when he demanded federal help at the very same section of the border.
Ducey called upon President Joe Biden to “Do something, do anything” while standing in front of an open section of the border wall. During his speech, immigrants were seen crossing the border behind him.
According to an interview Ducey gave on Wednesday, Arizona is receiving little to no federal help and is left to handle the border crisis independently.
This isn’t the first time Yuma has declared a state of emergency for this exact same issue, either. Mayor Nicholls declared a state of emergency on April 16, 2019. He stated at the time, “There’s an imminent threat of having too many migrant releases into our community, and it’s above our capacity as a community to sustain.”
That state of emergency lasted until the end of 2019.
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