Jan. 19, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A group of 376 Central Americans was arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families who used short, shallow holes dug under a barrier to cross the border, authorities said Friday.
The group dug under a steel barrier in seven spots about 10 miles east of a border crossing in San Luis and made no effort to elude immigration agents. Among them were 176 children.
The unusually large group was almost entirely from Guatemala. They were taken to Yuma after entering the country Monday.
The area became a major corridor for illegal crossings in the mid-2000s, prompting the Bush administration to weld steel plates to a barrier made of steel bollards that had been designed to stop people in vehicles, not on foot, Border Patrol spokesman Jose Garibay said. In those spots, there is no concrete footing to prevent digging.
The group used multiple holes in an apparent effort to get everyone across the border quickly, Garibay said.