YUMA (Ariz. –Illegal immigrants have flooded Yuma hospital and caused some residents to fear their safety to hire armed guards, a Yuma official said to Fox News.
Jonathan Lines, Yuma county supervisor, said that two of the families had to hire private security guards – armed security guards – to keep people from their yards. They were continually having people enter their homes and their yards, and they weren’t very respectful.
Customs and Border Protection reports that nearly 1 million of the 4,000,000 migrants who entered the U.S. from Mexico since the election of President Biden crossed through Arizona’s southern border. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector saw an increase of 171% in migrant crossings from 2021 to 2022.
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Lines said that thousands of migrants have crossed Yuma’s residential properties and agricultural land. Lines stated that they caused safety concerns, strained resources, and damaged crops in Yuma’s agriculture-intensive city.
Lines stated that people came to the non-governmental organizations, food banks, and mission seeking assistance. Lines said that people came directly to the churches seeking assistance.
Lines stated that some residents were unable to receive medical attention because of the influx of migrants into the local hospital.
Lines said that she received calls saying that people wanted to know if Lines would take her to San Diego to have a baby. “I had to bring my wife to Phoenix because there weren’t enough beds at the hospital.
Yuma, an agricultural community was threatened by migrant damage to crops as they crossed through farmland at the southern border.
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Lines stated that national security also includes food security, noting that Yuma’s leafy-green production is crucial to the United States.
Lines stated that it was important to provide the national security personnel with the technology and manpower they need in order to do their job.
Click here to hear more about Lines’s concerns regarding the impact of the Yuma border crisis on the Yuma community.