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Yuma Border Patrol unveils temporary processing center

Public got a first look at the facility Tuesday

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The new soft-sided facility to house overflow of undocumented immigrants under border patrol custody is now up and running.

The temporary facility is located in the parking lot behind Yuma Sector Headquarters.

LIVESTREAM COVERAGE: News 11's Crystal Jimenez has details on the new processing facility

Border patrol agents tell News 11 it cost $25-million to build the facility and supply it with the necessities.

This includes, mattresses, toys, clothing and shoes of all sizes, 3 meals a day for each person, ventilation, and other hygiene necessities.

Agents have 72-hours to process each person once they are apprehended. This was something agents say they found hard to do with limited technology, and about 400 undocumented immigrants coming to the border daily.

The new facility has several more computers to help with processing.

Those families and unaccompanied children staying at the facility will be sleeping, eating, and waiting in rooms made up of plastic walls.

Inside each pod is a seating area, a TV, toys, and 15 mattresses. Only 15 people will be allowed in each pod, where there are 8 pods to a room. The facility has a total of four rooms.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director in September of 2019, but she and her family have a long history in the Desert Southwest. Her grandmother first moved to Yuma in the late 1940’s, and Lisa got her first job in TV news at KYMA in 1987.

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Crystal Jimenez

Crystal Jimenez began at KYMA as a Digital Content Producer in June 2019, and is now a multimedia journalist.

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