The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, has told Your World city that it is unprepared for the increase in migrants

The Mayor of Yuma, Arizona, Douglas Nicholls, told Your World on Monday that his border town was not prepared for the massive influx of migrants into the United States

“We need to make sure that when the Department of Homeland Security needs to be released, they are released into communities that can handle this type of burden,” Republican Nicholls told host Charles Payne.

NICHOLLS: On the COVID-19 side, we don’t understand or we don’t know what the infection rate is of those who come into our community, and while we’re trying to manage regular border traffic – what we do a lot here, we have one very robust economy with Mexico – but we try to control this on the legal side to limit the risk. On the illegal side, we then have this publication in our community that is not really managed. What we are looking for and I believe we have the ability to do it [is] Over the weekend, Congress passed FEMA’s $ 400 million food and shelter program. I think some of those dollars will be channeled here along with our boots locally, possibly from FEMA. The details have yet to come together.


Really what has to happen, if there is a tent or soft shelter, it has to be on the DHS side. I understand there is a program in place to find protection for soft sides in the border guard so that they can have the capacity to handle these surges. On the city side, we have problems with the ability to get people out of the city. The migrants do not want to stay in Yuma. They want to go to other parts of the country. There are limited resources to get people where they need to go. That really is the bigger problem of making sure there is no lag and no people [are] get where to go. So tents could be helpful in the meantime to get people where they need to go. In the long term, we are not looking for a tent city.

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