Yuma Sector Border Patrol Apprehends Nearly 750 Illegal Aliens over the Weekend
YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended large groups of mostly Central American families this weekend, many of whom required medical attention.
Agents arrested almost 750 illegal aliens, most of whom were family groups from Central America who walked through the Colorado River vehicle barriers near Yuma and surrendered to agents. Approximately 87 percent were Guatemalan with the remaining being from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador.
To date in Fiscal Year 2019, Yuma Sector has seen a 230 percent increase in family unit apprehensions and a 36 percent increase in unaccompanied alien children apprehensions when compared to year to date numbers last year.
Yuma Sector agents provided medical treatment to 137 illegal aliens, either through medically certified agents, contract medical personnel at the stations or by transporting the subjects to local hospitals. Some of the medical ailments included: pregnancy complications, lacerations, blisters, respiratory issues, chicken pox, lice and scabies.
Meanwhile in Marfa, Texas, family unit aliens are crossing the southwest borders in record numbers. During this fiscal year 2019 through February, the United States Border Patrol (USBP) has apprehended 268,044 individuals, that is a 97% increase as compared to the same timeframe last fiscal year. Family units and unaccompanied alien children make up 60 percent of all apprehensions along the southwest border and are predominantly from Central America. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seen an increase of more than 300 percent in the number of family units apprehended when compared to last year.
Over the past few weeks, Border Patrol Agents from the Big Bend Sector have encountered an increased number of large groups (i.e., 20 to 50) of illegal aliens in the Big Bend National Park that are predominately family units and unaccompanied alien children from Guatemala. These individuals are crossing in very remote and potentially dangerous locations, which presents a unique challenge to operations, facilities and humanitarian efforts. “The smuggling organizations are selecting more dangerous and remote locations which challenges and strains our limited resources and places these groups in greater danger. Big Bend Sector agents are well-trained, experienced and compassionate law enforcement professionals.
“The health, safety and security of these family unit aliens and unaccompanied alien children are a top priority,” said Chief Patrol Agent Henry Rolon. “The USBP works closely with our local hospitals and medical professionals to provide timely medical support and assessments to those in need with an emphasis on treatment for juvenile detainees.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
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