(Headline USA) A Yuma official said this week that the Arizona city is on the brink of collapse due to the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
“The average for Yuma on a weekly basis is 6,000 people coming across. Of those 6,000, we have 1,000 to 2,000 ‘gotaways’ — people we have not been able to catch,” Lines said.
He named President Joe Biden directly, urging the president to come to Arizona and see the problem for himself.
“Policies need to be changed when you see an unprecedented amount of people coming across the border that even supersedes what we saw under any of the other presidents for the past 30 years,” Lines said. “And they’re coming because they said that Biden told them to come, that we have an open border.”
Lines predicted that “it will only get worse” because of Biden’s policies.
“He needs to reassess,” he added.
Already, nonprofits, churches and the medical system in Yuma are struggling to stay afloat, Lines said.
“Let’s talk about the financial impact and the strain that it’s placed on our hospital,” Lines said. “So far, Yuma Medical Center has had over $22 million of unreimbursed expenses specifically for people who are illegally crossing our border.
“I have received calls from people saying, ‘I had to take my wife to San Diego, I had to take my wife to Phoenix to deliver a baby because there were no more beds at this hospital.’”
Customs and Border Protection released data earlier this month that shows 5 million migrants have crossed into the U.S. illegally since January 2021 when Biden took office. Many of them come through Yuma or El Paso, Texas, two of the biggest illegal immigration hubs.