Mayor of Yuma, Arizona overwhelmed by migrant influx

Channel: Fox Business
Published: 05/07/2019

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Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls on the debate over immigration reform and the city declaring a state of emergency due to the influx of illegal immigrants. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wa...



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Blake, thank you very, very much. Let'S go to yuma arizona, the epicenter in the border crisis n state of emergency that city's mayor douglas nichols is with us. mayor. What do you make of the back and forth looks like republicans, will try to cobble together an immigration plan hope they have success with democrats on it. But what do you think ? That is a great step forward. , that is where it h ...
s to be begin. Someone has to put the first proposal out there, so ewhere we get with the stalemate. Who will flinch? First doesn't help anybody. , we need leadership.

We need people that will put ideas, forward. figure out exactly the path forward. So everyonecan get this approved. Neil mayor, your state of emergency, when you first enacted it you and i have been chatting. What did you base that on? I assume you're still in that state of emergency. What do you get when you declare such a thing? Can you explain yeah. We based it upon the number of releases that were happening in our community directly from border patrol. These are family units, everything from little babies to they're.

All there is kids in there, but they're all family units. There are not any unaccompanied minors. Looking at numbers we had coming in based upon how many people we can process through the shelter system, it was just going tooverwhelm it, which is already has. We are over 50 % capacity right now. There is more coming today. We don't have any way to relief that situation. neil mayor, the president, has already been pushing for 4.

25 $ 4. 5 billion in additional merge funding. Presumably at the border. The democrats say it better, not be for a while. There are indications from the white house, it wouldn't be for that. If you had, your druthers got your hands on that dough or some of it. What would you use it for ? A lot of would be for transportation. from our side of the issue where families are released, where i'm focused. making sure they're not staying in a shelter systemfor long, if at all.

really transportation to the whoever the host family is. really to stem the flow. If we could get judges deployed to the border or video judges that could then help process people, because right now we're seeing less than 10 % of those coming in present for asylum. So if we could mitigate those or process those claims earlier, we would relief the whole system of having to deal with the migrant families. What to do. neil mayor, we'll watch.


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