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Yuma Mayor Nicholls Proclaims State of Emergency Over Migrants Seeking Asylum

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Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls has declared a city state of emergency over the high number of migrants being released into the community who are seeking asylum.

On his mayoral Facebook page, Nicholls wrote "Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system. I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid."

Nicholls was present at a closed-door meeting April 4 with then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in Yuma on immigration and the response from non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army.

Stay tuned to KAWC for more on Mayor Nicholls's declaration.

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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