Thursday, July 25, 2024

Arizona Mayor Declares State of Emergency Due to Immigration Crisis

'We can barely afford to take care of the people that we have here in our community now...'

An Arizona town along the U.S.–Mexico border declared a state of emergency this week as a result of the surge of illegal immigrants entering the country.

“They either bring the [immigrants] by bus, by van or even by one of their fill trucks, and they bring them to one of our community parks,” Gila Bend Mayor Chris Riggs told Fox News on Tuesday.

“The [federal government] has offered us no help and last night I literally had to declare a state of emergency,” Riggs continued. “We simply can’t do it. We can’t afford to continue to receive these people and then try to get them to a place where they’re going to be safe and protected. We literally have nothing here for them.

Riggs said his town of about 2,000 residents does not have the “charity organizations that can help” provide housing, food, and medical assistance.

To provide for all of the immigrants Biden’s administration is dumping in Gila Bend, the town would need at least $600,000, Riggs argued.

“We’re a very economically depressed community,” Riggs said last week.

“We can barely afford to take care of the people that we have here in our community now,” he added. “And as of the 2nd [of March], Border Patrol advised us they’re basically going to drop people off here and [say], ‘They’re your problem.’”

Riggs is not the only border town mayor speaking out against Biden for the way he has handled the border crisis.

A Democratic mayor in Texas also slammed President Joe Biden for flooding his town with migrants that it can’t take care of.

“You have a breach on national security levels that have never before been seen in modern history, and you’re not even batting an eye about it,” said Bruno Lozano, the mayor of Del Rio, Texas.

“You’re not even calling it a ‘crisis,’” he continued. “You’re calling it a quote-unquote ‘challenge.’”

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