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Crossroads Mission resources depleting

Large groups of undocumented immigrants at the shelter's doorstep - 13 On Your Side's Arlette Yousif reports

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Crossroads Mission reports that, for over two months, undocumented immigrants from Guatemala, Cuba, and Haiti are finding their way to the mission by foot, taxi, and even train cars.

A representative of the mission says that 50 to 60 people show up each day and stay for at least five days before getting back in a taxi or hopping on the train that passes right by the mission frequently.

However, some camp out in front of the mission.

As a result, the mission is quickly running out of resources, especially food, clothing and blankets.

While Crossroads Mission opens its doors for everyone, it is not equipped to handle large groups of undocumented immigrants.

In the meantime, the shelter is feeding the large groups outside only and not providing shelter to them. Aside from not having resources for them, there are concerns over COVID and standard processing.

Crossroads staff have told the undocumented immigrants to leave, but it is reported that some have become combative.

Staff at Crossroads Mission has called U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and the Yuma County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) to help move the undocumented immigrants elsewhere.

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Arlette Yousif

Arlette Yousif joined KYMA in November 2020 as a Multi Media Journalist. She holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Film.

You can reach out to Arlette for at arlette.yousif@kecytv.com.

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