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Kelly calls for federal action to solve border situation

Senator tours border near San Luis for first-hand perspective - CBS 13's Cody Lee and News 11's Crystal Jimenez report

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) claims a crisis at the border after witnessing first hand the influx of undocumented immigrants at the border claiming asylum.

"I would say it's a crisis. It's a lot of individuals, especially kids." Sen. Kelly told reporters at a press conference. "It's a humanitarian crisis and it's tragic. I mean to see you know small children."

Sen. Kelly says he needed to see what was going on with his own eyes to get a better understanding of the issues at hand. After the visit, he said U.S. Border Patrol needs more resources to help them deal with the growing influx.

The Senator said it's the federal government's job to give agents those resources. Even saying Washington has failed border communities like Yuma County over and over again.

News 11's Crystal Jimenez reports on Sen. Kelly's visit:

"We've got to be able to do better and like I said, this should not fall on the City of Yuma, or Yuma County or San Luis or Somerton to handle this, this is the federal government problem.” Sen. Kelly explained.

Non-profits like Regional Center for Border Health and Campesinos sin Fronteras have been at the front lines of helping undocumented immigrants being released into the local community.

Helping administer COVID-19 tests, gather donations, and transport the individuals to the nearest shelters in California and Arizona.

Sen. Kelly says he's advocating for increased communication between federal, state, and local governments and law enforcement agencies. Kelly said he's made that appeal during conversations with both President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Arizona Politics / Immigration / News / Yuma County
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Cody Lee

Cody Lee joined 13 On Your Side and KYMA News 11 in March 2020, but he’s no stranger to Arizona. He grew up in the Phoenix area and enjoys everything Arizona has to offer.

Prior to moving to Yuma, he served as a News Video Editor at Arizona’s Family 3TV / CBS 5 in Phoenix.

Lee spent most of his life watching the news and discovering a passion for tv news journalism. After college, Lee received an opportunity in Las Vegas, Nevada at KSNV News 3 and worked on longtime local morning news program “Wake Up with the Wagners” and the #1 rated weekend evening newscasts. He spent 3 years at KSNV, before moving on to a new experience in Sin City at KLAS 8 News Now.

Cody later moved to real estate marketing, until he returned back to his hometown of Phoenix.

Lee is excited to start this new journey, as a journalist, right here in Yuma and Imperial Valley. He starts his on-air duties in the midst of the devastating Coronavirus Pandemic.

When he is not reporting on the amazing people in his communities, you can catch him enjoying a hike or spending time exploring all the great things Yuma and the Valley are known for. He also enjoys relaxing at home, reading all the latest headlines – with his tabby cat, Oliver.

You can catch him on the air Wednesday thru Friday at 6pm and 10pm on CBS 13. On the weekends, at 5pm & 10pm on KYMA News 11 and 10pm on CBS 13.

Lee hopes to bring you factual and accurate reporting on stories that are impacting the people of our beautiful communities.

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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 for the morning show.


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