In Yuma, Arizona, which is only 10 miles from the border with Mexico, at least seven people were reportedly shot and hurt on Saturday night.
Just before 11 p.m. local time, according to ABC News, police were called about an “aggravated assault” on South J Edward Drive.
Seven persons were sent to the hospital, according to Yuma police Lt. Craig Johnson, who also stated that no suspect was in custody and that there was no persistent threat to the community. Early on Sunday, Fox News Digital contacted the Yuma Police Department by phone and email to inquire about the shooting’s specifics but did not hear back before publishing.
The incident took place as a big flood of migrants was surging across the border in the border city of slightly over 97,000 people.
Douglas Nicholls, the mayor of Yuma, made an appearance on Fox News on Friday to raise awareness of the fact that a day after Title 42 expired, Border Patrol had started releasing migrants onto the streets.
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Arizona Mayor Warns of Overflow of Migrants Released Onto Streets
“Border Patrol in the Yuma sector has been near record number of interdictions. Yesterday was 1,550 people that they interdicted. They’re over capacity by a significant amount, and they are starting released onto the streets. So not releases to NGOs that can help them. Our NGOs are overwhelmed also. So they’re just releasing them onto the sidewalk essentially,” Nicholls told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. “We had 100 plus or minus this morning, and then this afternoon we’re looking at about another 150 in the area.”
The Republican mayor pointed out that FEMA has not been called into action to address the humanitarian requirements of the inflow of refugees.
The same day, Nicholls wrote to President Biden calling with him to issue a national emergency in response to the border situation involving migrants in order to “protect American communities that are subject to detrimental impacts of the unfettered flow of migrants into this country.” The letter points out that while Biden hasn’t proclaimed a state of emergency, Yuma County, Arizona, and other nearby cities have.
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“Yuma, like many communities along the border, is subject to grave lack of federal government commitment to provide effective policy under current immigration laws,” Nicholls wrote. “We see the cost of illegal activity, as many migrants fall victim to cartels, who traffic both drugs and humans across the border and into the U.S. in dangerous and often de*dly manners.”
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