Feb. 20, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A group of 103 illegal Central Americans — composed of 81 Guatemalans and 22 Hondurans, and including 59 minors — was detained Monday morning west of Lukeville, Ariz., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The U.S. Border Patrol, an arm of the CBP, said agents using mobile surveillance technology first spotted the group — ranging in age from 1 to 56 years old — “as they walked through the anti-vehicle post-and-rail fence that delineates the U.S.-Mexico border.”
It’s unclear what is driving a sudden uptick in large groups in remote areas attempting to cross the border, but families — many of them Central American asylum-seekers — make up a large and growing percentage of arrests at the border, authorities said.
“In the last few months, Border Patrol agents have seen an alarming surge of large family groups crossing the border illegally at the direction of human smugglers,” CBP said in a statement. “Transnational criminal organizations exploit the vulnerability of family groups with false promises of legal status and encourage dangerous border crossings, placing lives at risk.”
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station in southwest Arizona found and detained 103 Central American migrants near the desert west of Lukeville on Monday morning, the agency said.
It was the latest in a string of incidents in which large groups from Central America have been found in Arizona’s desert.
Agents spotted the group via mobile surveillance technology walking through the post-and-rail fence that delineates the U.S.-Mexico border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Among family units, the group was composed of 59 minors, eight of whom were unaccompanied by a legal guardian, officials said.
The group encountered U.S. Border Patrol agents fewer than 50 yards from the border, in a similar area where other migrant groups have been located in recent months, according to the agency.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is asking individuals to report suspicious activity to Border Patrol by calling 877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous.
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