Yuma declares immigration emergency; Tucson does not plan to follow

Credit: KGUN, Tucson, AZ
Published on April 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:53s
Yuma declares immigration emergency; Tucson does not plan to follow
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Yuma declares immigration emergency; Tucson does not plan to follow

HAS SO OVERWHELMED THECITY OF YUMA --AND THAT'S WHY THE MAYOR THERE-- IS ASKING FOR FEDERAL HELP.AND WHILE HE HOPES FOR HELP --NINE ON YOUR SIDE'S CRAIG SMITHEXPLAINS -- TUCSON'S MAYORDOES NOT THINK TUCSON HASREACHED EMERGENCYSTATUS.YUMA MAYOR DOUGLAS NICHOLLS SAYSHE DOES NOT BELIEVE THEIMMIGRANTS ARE A CRIME OR HEALTHTHREAT BECAUSE MOST OF THEM AREFAMILIES AND THEY HAD HEALTHEXAMS BEFORE ICE RELEASED THEMTOSHELTERS.BUT HE'S WORRIED THEY WILL HAVENO PLACE TO STAY AS SHELTERSPACEOVERFLOWS."WHEN WE REACH ABOVE CAPACITYAND PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TOSTAY AT THE SHELTER THAT MEANSTHEY'RE LIKELY TO BE ONTHE STREET AND THERE WILL BE AWHOLE CASCADING EFFECT OF PEOPLEWALKING AROUND THE CITY..."CRAIG: THIS IS TUCSON'SGREYHOUND STATION.

THE MAYOR OFYUMA SAYS PART OF THE REASON HEDECLARED A STATEOF EMERGENCY THERE IS BECAUSEYUMA DOES NOT HAVE AS DEEP ATRANSPORTATION RESOURCE ASTUCSON DOES SO WHEN THEIMMIGRANT FAMILIES ARE RELEASEDFROM THE SHELTERS THEYHAVE TROUBLE MOVING TO THEIRNEXT DESTINATION." TUCSON MAYORJONATHAN ROTHSCHILD SAYS HE ISNOT PLANNINGTO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCYFOR TUCSON.

THESHELTER AT THE FORMERBENEDICTINE MONASTERY HASPROVIDED 350 TO 450 BEDS BUTLATELY EVEN THAT SPACE FILLED UPSO THE CITY LOOKED FOR, ANDFOUND ALTERNATIVE SITES.MAYOR ROTHSCHILD: "SO RIGHT NOWWE'RE GOOD THANKS TO THE GOODHEART OF THIS COMMUNITY AND THEGREAT NON-PROFITS WE HAVE.

WE'REGOING TO BE SPENDING SOME TIMEOVER THE NEXT FEW DAYSLOOKING TO BUILD OUR CAPACITYBECAUSE WE REALLY DON'T KNOWWHAT THE FUTURE IS GOING TOBRING."MAYOR ROTHSCHILD SAYS THAT NEWCAPACITY COULD BESOMETHING LIKE A FORMER SCHOOLBUILDING OR FORMER MOTEL.CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICESOPERATES MOST OF THE SHELTERSPACE INTUCSON, BUT IS FEELING THECRUNCH IN YUMA BECAUSE THEDIOCESE REACHES THERE ANDOPERATES SHELTERS IN YUMA.

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