Yuma Leaders Support Declaration Of Emergency, Call On Congress To Act

Migrants overwhelm Yuma shelters

On Tuesday, in a matter of 5 hours, Border Patrol agents encountered 3 groups of Central American migrants after they crossed the border illegally. [Photo courtesy CBP]

PHOENIX – Yuma area State Representatives Tim Dunn, Joanne Osborne, and Senator Sine Kerr declared their support on Wednesday, for the City of Yuma’s declaration of emergency. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls declared a state of emergency on Tuesday due the overwhelming number of migrants being processed by federal officials.

Mayor Nicholls is asking for state and federal funds to deal with it crisis created by the massive number of illegal border crossers needing shelter and services.

Since last month, the U.S. Border Patrol has been releasing migrants into border communities due to lack of space in holding facilities.

Listen to Representative Tim Dunn discuss humanitarian crisis in Yuma.

Dunn, Osborne, and Kerr released a statement condemning the “federal government’s failure to secure the border, the shortage of judges to hear asylum cases, and the Border Patrol’s policy of releasing migrants into border communities.”


“The federal government’s continued lack of border security, its inability to provide timely asylum processing, and the Border Patrol’s policy of releasing migrants into communities has created a humanitarian crisis in border cities,” said Representative Dunn. “The Department of Justice should immediately provide judges to accurately determine who is deserving of asylum. The current message to the world is that if you illegally cross our border, you can stay.

This is a message that Americans do not tolerate. The local nonprofit organizations are overburdened, and we need resources from the federal government to assist in this federally created crisis.”

“It’s unfortunate that this emergency declaration is necessary,” said Representative Osborne. “The federal government has created a humanitarian crisis that has put both border communities and migrants in a terrible situation. I applaud the community of Yuma for doing everything they can to address this crisis, and I urge the federal government to secure the border and provide border communities with sufficient judges to handle the influx of asylum seekers.”

“A secure border and a functional asylum process means safety and security on both sides of the border,” said Senator Kerr. “Yuma has had a history of success in border management when Operation Streamline was fully funded. Given adequate federal resources, Yuma has proven that it knows what it takes to secure the border. I call on Congress to provide Yuma and other border communities with the adequate federal resources necessary to cope with this crisis. Border communities should not have to shoulder this burden alone, as it is a federal responsibility to effectively manage our immigration and asylum process.”


  1. Sen Kerr
    These are Illegals and the American Federal Gov has Laws
    They must apply for a visa
    Why would we the American People give You and them more money when We The American People Dont Want Them Here
    So stop whinning We the People
    Say No Funds for your Illegals
    They have to wait in line and apply for visas / green cards like the Federal Gov requires
    Bring it on ICE send Sen Kerr back with them
    Its clear that this Sen Kerr is not hearing what AMERICANS WANT
    Its not the Federal Govs job to go against the American people and tbeir own laws that We the people helped put in place’
    What part of this do you not understand Sen kerr they are illegals yes illegally here. Put them up in your back yard Mr Kerr
    You have no right to go against We the American People You have no right to break our laws or demand that they be broken

    Isnt there a dog thats named kerr humm family pedigree pérhaps

  2. Notice none are skinny
    All fat nice clothes
    And all Breaking Our Laws
    Whats our Govenor Duecy
    Doing about this,
    And all those kids learning how to steal, cheat, lie, and break laws and of course have more kids then you can afford.
    I guess the IQ gene pool hasnt been high enough to know that sex leads to haing more kids
    These are not good men What kind of man waits for hand outs to feed his own children
    These are not family units they are breeding machines
    It shows that they would rather have sex then get a job

    Americans Must Come First

  3. No Federal funding send them back build the damn wall !!! No housing no food no medical from our tax dollars..We the people said so!!

  4. Well, well. Now the BS policy of the Democrats and the Republican establishment is coming back in spades to ruin this country. The Government seal the border??? When pigs fly….They simply don’t care. They want the votes and cheap labor the “worst of the worst” can bring both parties. I am afraid that this country doesn’t have long to remedy this situation before we start to look like Europe…. How sad…

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