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Emergency at the Arizona Border: Mayor Needs FEMA’s Help to Handle This Crisis

A migrant heading in a caravan to the US, holds Mexican, US and Honduran national flags on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. - Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo, AFP journalists at the scene said. (Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Democrats may still think President Donald Trump is “manufacturing” a crisis at the border — but one mayor of a border city has a distinctly different and urgent experience requiring federal help and resources.

Douglas Nicholls, the mayor of Yuma, Arizona, said this week that his community is struggling to cope with an unprecedented number of migrant families that are being released there — and Yuma can no longer handle it.

“I’ve already signed an emergency proclamation,” Nicholls said during a news conference in Yuma. [1]

“There’s an imminent threat [of] having too many migrant releases into our community. It’s above our capacity as a community to sustain.”

“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.”

Nicholls also referenced FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

“FEMA shows up at disasters all the time. This isn’t a natural disaster, but it is a disaster either way,” he said. “Their resources could come in and take care of the situation and would effectively handle that.”

Appearing exclusively on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Wednesday night, Nicholls told host Laura Ingraham, “What’s happened is Border Patrol has said they are releasing people in our community. We’ve tried to contain it in a shelter system, but the rate at which people are being released in our community versus how quickly they can go on to their host homes — it just is increasing too much.”

“And so at this point, we’re running out of resources, we’re running out of space, and we’re running out of personnel to contain it, so we need help from somewhere. And this is a national issue, so I think [reaching out to] FEMA is a correct response.”

Many Democrats, however, continue to insist and declare there’s some kind of fiction going on about a crisis at the border.

“We really do need resources. I’m not fronting for anybody politically,” added Nicholls. “This is a real issue my community is facing. If we end up getting [overrun] in our nonprofit structure, which is beginning to happen, it’s going to be a real crisis around our town. We’ve got people that will have no resources, no food, no ability to find their own transportation, and it’ll just be in our community.”

He added, “I’m not really sure how to handle that when you have hundreds of people coming your way without any sort of relief or opportunity to get the situation under control.”

Related: Trump Might Release Illegals into Sanctuary Cities [2]

He explained that the immigrants cross the border right there in the San Luiz area, south of Yuma — a separate sector from Tucson — and stream right into his community.

Various non-governmental shelters there are run by nonprofit agencies that are trying to accommodate the people — but the shelters are “at capacity.”

“Ultimately they’ve already expressed to me they’ve got [only] about a week left of being able to commit these kind of resources to try to address this issue,” he added.

Related: Trump at the Border to Illegal Immigrants: The ‘System Is Full,’ People ‘Must Turn Around’ [3]

“This is costing huge money to the American taxpayer,” said Ingraham.

“This is an emergency,” she added.

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