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Mayor Declares ‘State of Emergency’ After Border Patrol Releases Migrants Into City

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The city of Yuma has declared a state of emergency after border patrol released migrants into the community.

The mayor said the city is beyond capacity and will not be able handle the influx of immigrants.

From Fox 10:

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) – Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls has declared a state of emergency to deal with the number of families being released from Border Patrol custody into the city.

Nicholls said Tuesday that he hoped not to get to this point but that organizations helping immigrant families just don’t have the capacity to deal with so many.

The mayor is calling on the federal government to send resources, suggesting a FEMA response. The city’s emergency shelter can hold 150 people but had about 200 on Tuesday and was expecting more, Nicholls said.

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