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Homeland Security Secretary Visits Yuma

UPDATE APRIL 7:  President Donald Trump announced today that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as Department of Homeland Security Secretary.


Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was in Yuma on Thursday. Nielsen met with officials at the Border Patrol Yuma Sector headquarters.

Nielsen told local elected officials and representatives of migrant services groups that it will take a community approach to solve the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, but Congress will have to act to change immigration law.

Joined by Yuma sector border officials, Nielsen held a closed-door discussion to address her department’s emergency response in the sector, a sector she says is running at more than 200 percent of capacity.

Doug Nicholls, the mayor of Yuma, says he told Nielsen the best solution is not to release migrants in the community.

“What we’re looking for ultimately is the ability to keep migrants from being released in the Yuma community," Nicholls said. "Right now there’s no direct end in sight but there are things in motion to mitigate that and hopefully, in the long term, solve the problem.”

Nielsen will meet President Donald Trump in nearby Calexico on Friday.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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