Yuma Mayor Declares a State of Emergency Over Illegal Alien Influx: They're 'Roaming the Streets'

Brittany M. Hughes | April 17, 2019
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The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, has declared an official state of emergency over the number of illegal aliens being released into his community by federal officials overwhelmed by the flood of migrants crossing the Southwest U.S. border daily.

According to the Washington Times, Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls said there are so many illegal aliens pouring into the city’s streets that many of them are literally “roaming the streets looking to satisfy basic human needs.”

“There is an imminent threat on having too many migrant releases into our community. It’s above our capacity as a community to sustain,” Nicholls explained, adding he’s concerned that the increasing numbers of homeless migrants may begin clashing with locals looking to protect their own homes and property.

Nicholls said the local shelter, which can accommodate 250 people, max – and even that’s pushing it, began Tuesday morning with 200 people, and another 120 set to be delivered by the end of the day. The demand for more housing, as well as resources like food, diapers and clothing, has overwhelmed local churches and charitable organizations.

Federal immigration officials have begun releasing migrants into local border towns in unprecedented waves, saying there’s simply no room left in their border facilities to house them. Most of the illegal aliens currently coming across the border are family units and unaccompanied children, which further complicates an already difficult housing situation. 

Between October and March alone, border agents report they’ve apprehended nearly 25,000 members of illegal alien family units at the border, nearly four times the 6,500 they caught during the same time frame last year.