Yuma, Arizona Mayor Douglas Nicholls on Tuesday declared an emergency because the “catch-and-release” program is putting a strain on local shelters. Nicholls explained in a post on Facebook.
Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system. 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. I signed the proclamation of emergency and soon after spoke with media at approximately 3:15 pm (MST). You can view via the video below:
The mayor said he received a call from the shelter earlier in the day about their capacity. Their capacity is usually 150 but they can push it to 200. When the call was made Tuesday morning, the shelter already had 200 illegal aliens, with Border Patrol transporting 70 additional people. The shelter also anticipated receiving an additional 50 illegal aliens by the end of the day. . .
The city also tweeted about the declaration:
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
(Read more from “U.S. Mayor Declares Illegal Immigration Emergency” HERE)