Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lions expressed concerns about the lack of resources available to deal with the increasing surge of migrants at the border.
With more migrants attempting to cross over and hundreds waiting at the border to seek asylum, Yuma County is facing challenges in managing the situation effectively.
Supervisor Lions, in an interview, revealed that the county has been turning away an escalating number of cases for at least three years.
The situation has worsened, with more than two million migrants being turned away at the southern border.
This surge of migrants has put a strain on Yuma County and its border communities.
When asked about the preparations being made in the communities, Supervisor Lions emphasized the difficulty of planning for such a surge when the exact number of people and their transportation needs are unknown.
However, he mentioned that they have been working closely with Governor Hobbs and conducting exercises with state, local, and federal officials to determine the best course of action.
Supervisor Lions also highlighted the challenges faced on the ground in Yuma, Arizona, and mentioned that they are working with the federal government to alleviate the pressure felt in the small rural communities.
He emphasized that while the federal government has failed at the border, Yuma County is actively addressing the situation.
To get a better understanding of the situation, Supervisor Lions described the daily routine at the border.
Every morning around 2 o’clock, they start witnessing people crossing the border.
The majority of them have landed in the Yuma area, adding to the ongoing challenges.
Supervisor Lions’ remarks shed light on the struggles faced by Yuma County and its communities due to the lack of resources to handle the increasing number of migrants at the border.
The county continues to work with state and federal authorities to find solutions and mitigate the impact on the local population.