Local officials in Yuma, Arizona, have indicated that the area is on the brink of collapse because of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, which would “overwhelm” the system.
Jonathan Lines, Yuma County Supervisor, asserted that Biden’s immigration needed changing due to the “unprecedented amount of people coming across the border.”
Lines emphasized that the illegal border crossings “supersedes what we saw under any… presidents for the past 30 years.”
He added that migrants were making the trek “because they said that Biden told them to come, that we have an open border.”
The Yuma County Supervisor asserted that the border crisis would “only get worse with Biden’s policies.”
According to Customs and Border Protection data, roughly five million migrants have crossed the southern border.
The Yuma border patrol sector saw a 171 percent increase in migrant crossings between 2021 and 2022.
A Fox News report citing sources from the CBP revealed 1.2 million illegal migrants had escaped Border Patrol since Biden took the Oval Office.
Fifth-generation farmer and Yuma resident Hank Auza explained that the state was “foreseeing… a couple of big waves coming,” adding, “Yuma can’t support that. It will overwhelm the system here.”
In December, during below-freezing temperatures, thousands of migrants camped in the streets of El Paso, Texas, prompting the border town to declare a state of emergency.
Those in Yuma, including Auza, Lines, and Alex Muller, another Yuma farmer, expressed concern that the influx of migrants could jeopardize food security, given agriculture makes up a significant portion of the town’s economy.