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Yuma mayor proclaims local emergency due to border 'crisis'

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls
Victor Calderón
Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls on Thursday proclaimed a local emergency due to what he said is a humanitarian crisis of rising numbers of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma.

Mayor Nicholls said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports more than 6,000 migrants crossing from Mexico into the U.S. in the past five days through the Yuma area.

Nicholls said the migrant surge continues to strain local medical staff and hospital resources. He said federal and state resources are needed to address the crisis. He also said migrants are passing on foot through active agricultural fields, which results in food safety concerns and the destruction of crops.

On Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stood with Nicholls and local Republican elected officials near the Morelos Dam in Yuma to blame the Biden administration for the rising number of migrants, which has been reported in recent years including the previous administration.

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.