Councilman Steve Kozachik is calling on the mayor and city manager to implement Tucson’s emergency operations plan to address the growing problem of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border.

“From all accounts the situation is going to continue,” Kozachik wrote in a press release. “Now is not the time for us to sit and wait in a reactive posture.”

By activating the emergency operations plan, the city could start lining up local, state and federal resources “before we lose the ability to effectively deal with local conditions in a humane manner,” Kozachik wrote.

He said the city should consider declaring an emergency “to attract the proper level of involvement from the state and federal government.”

You can read the press release here.