Yuma County, Arizona: Breaking Point at the Border

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The border city of Yuma, Arizona, is at breaking point with the unprecedented flow of migrants leaving the community at the brink of collapse and hospitals and food banks overloaded.

Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines slammed the Biden administration for its handling of the border crisis and said his county will crumble as it can't support the cascading flow of migrants.

Customs and Border officials say some 5 million migrants have crossed over the US southern border since January 2021 when the Biden administration took over the White House.

After Yuma County's Border Patrol saw a 171% increase in migrant crossings between 2021 and 2022, Mr Lines has warned that the situation will only get worse.

Mr Lines told Fox News: 'Policies need to be changed when you see an unprecedented amount of people coming across the border that even supersedes what we saw under any of the other presidents for the past 30 years.'

He called the surging increase in crossings 'ridiculous'.

'They're coming because they said that Biden told them to come, that we have an open border.'

Yuma is known as the 'sunniest city on Earth', but over recent years it has become known as the US' hotspot for migrant crossings that has stretched its Border Control to the limit.

Facilities along the border are being pushed to breaking point due to the increasing migrant flow, with residents reportedly unable to access the only hospital in the city.

Migrants are coming from Central America in hope of a better life for them and their families, but locals and critics of the current immigration policy view the current numbers as unsustainable.

Most of the migrants are drawn to the area by the relative ease of crossing the border, officials say. According to Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls, there are 50 breaks in the border wall along the 126-mile Yuma sector, including the infamous 'Gap'.

Huge container-sized gaps in the 30ft border wall allow migrants to walk right through, aided by a thinly-spread Border Patrol. However, construction is currently underway to fill some of the gaps.

To add to the surge, Fox News reported that their sources confirmed 1.2million illegal migrants had escaped the Border Patrol force since January 2021.... (Read more)