Yuma, Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency Due To Migrant Overflow

An Arizona mayor has officially declared an emergency in the city he represents due to an overflow of migrants.

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls posted the news on Facebook, where he explained the local emergency was necessary "due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system."

 

Nicholls also asked the federal government to step in and provide assistance.

“I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid,” the Facebook post said.

 

“So 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 and that the human rights of all the migrants are also maintained and that we have a path forward that respects both,” Nicholls said of the emergency declaration.

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