Sen. Mark Kelly said the White House is aware of his unease over border issues – he put in a call to the Department of Homeland Security after a visit to Yuma, where the mayor declared a local emergency after thousands of migrants crossed into the city.
“This is overwhelming Border Patrol,” Kelly said Wednesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.
“This is not acceptable, we need more staffing, we need help,” Kelly said he told Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last week.
Homeland Security said it planned to recommit 110 agents to the area, Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls said last Friday, the day after he declared the emergency.
The declaration cited reports of over 6,000 migrants crossing from Mexico into the United States traveling through the Yuma area.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement and medical assistance arrived earlier this week, Kelly said.