Another migrant group smuggled to New Mexico

Another migrant group smuggled to New Mexico

14, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of 376 Central Americans the Border Patrol says it arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families, who used short holes dug under a barrier to cross the border in multiple spots about 10 miles east of San Luis, Ariz.

On Wednesday, the Border Patrol arrested a group of 247 people, mostly from Central America, who turned themselves in to agents in a highly remote part of New Mexico, where authorities have found 25 groups of more than 100 people since October.

Smugglers dug a series of seven holes just a few feet beneath the steel border near San Luis, Arizona, ABC News reported.

"The United States Border Patrol is constantly building intelligence in order to combat these trafficking organizations that are constantly targeting them and gaining intelligence in order to apprehend them in the future", said Jose Garibay, Yuma Sector Border Patrol public information officer.

The southwest border is comprised of nine sectors, including the RGV sector, Big Bend, Del Rio, El Centro, El Paso, Laredo, San Diego, Tucson and Yuma.


The migrants shortly surrendered to the authorities and requested asylum.

'The only thing that solves that problem is a change in the law, ' CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik told ABC News. "That's really unheard of".

Border Patrol officials said agents would be processing the aforementioned apprehended subjects accordingly, according to the release.

'The only reason they're trying to say that they're family units is that they know if they're a family unit, they're going to be released within 20 days, ' Porvaznik said.

One man in the group told the network that he left Guatemala eight days ago and made most of the trip by bus along with his 12-year-old daughter, paying a coyote $5,000 to get them to the border. His wife and two younger daughters stayed in Guatemala. "As I mentioned, 87 percent of the apprehensions here are family units and unaccompanied alien children".


US authorities say 115 migrants smuggled to a border crossing in New Mexico are the second large group of Central Americans encountered by agents at the remote port of entry in as many days.

Parents with children now reportedly make up more than 80 per cent of those caught crossing the southern border illegally.

It is unclear how closely the rest of the Yuma wall's design resembles that which President Donald Trump is determined to build along the unfortified sections of the border.

Saturday marks the 29th day of the longest government shutdown in history.

Almost 400 migrants burrowed under a fence on the US-Mexico border earlier this week and crossed into the United States, four sources familiar with the matter told CNN.


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