Gila Bend, Arizona, Mayor Chris Riggs has been sounding the alarm, warning President Joe Biden that the border town cannot survive the administration’s immigration policies. Now, after getting no response from Biden’s border officials, the mayor has declared a state of emergency for his town.
What’s going on?
Just last week, Riggs revealed that his “very economically depressed” town cannot handle the massive influx of illegal immigrants it is experiencing and said that the Biden White House’s plan to deluge Gila Bend with even more illegals will be devastating.
The mayor told Fox News on March 15 that Border Patrol was preparing to drop people off in Gila Bend and force the town to fend for itself.
“We can barely afford to take care of the people that we have here in our community now, and as of the second [of March], the Border Patrol advised us that they’re going to drop people off here and [say], ‘They’re your problem,'” Riggs said. “We just do not have the ability to care for these people. Quite frankly, it’s going to cost us tens of thousands of dollars a year to be able just to provide them with a bottle of water and a sandwich when they get dropped off.”
He has also noted that the problem is not just financial, telling Fox Business that violent crime in his community has shot up lately, while some 20 illegals have shown up in his town on foot daily.
Riggs added that he and the community have been left “completely in the dark” about the people being sent there — including their numbers, criminal backgrounds, and COVID infection rates — and he was begging the administration to change tack.
What is the mayor doing?
Now the mayor has taken what he believes is his only logical next step since the administration has refused to respond to his concerns: He has declared a state of emergency in Gila Bend.
Border Patrol still intends to drop off busloads of illegals in the town, Riggs said, but the community has no way to help those people — no charities, NGOs, no local government programs.
Yet the Biden administration is persisting.
“Border Patrol let us know that they were going to be dropping migrants that had been detained for 72 hours in our town, which we really didn’t understand because we have nothing here,” the mayor told Fox Business Tuesday night.
“We have no charity organizations that can help, no non-governmental organizations that a lot of the larger cities and towns do have to assist these people,” he added, Fox Business said.
Not only that, the town does not have the facilities to house the migrants, and it does not have a hospital. Add to that the fact that Gila Bend, which is already facing an uptick in crime, does not have its own police force but, as HotAir pointed out, instead relies on a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office substation, and the area is seeing a recipe for disaster
According to Riggs, the cost to conduct COVID tests on two busloads of people per week would cost at least $600,000 per year — which translates to more than a third of the town’s yearly budget.
The mayor said migrants are being bussed to Gila Bend without access to food or shelter and that his town of 2,000 people has received zero federal, state, or local funding to cover the costs of food, housing, and COVID testing for migrants, Fox Business reported.