Border patrol agents say they continue to apprehend large groups of illegal immigrants, many from Guatemala, who increasingly are being led into remote desert areas of the United States by human smugglers who have deceived them with promises of financial gain and protected immigration status.
“Multiple areas along the Yuma and Ajo (Arizona) corridors are being exploited by criminal organizations,” Customs and Border Protection announced last Friday.
“This is a humanitarian crisis that is impacting border security,” said Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik. “Criminal entities are lining their pockets while exploiting a vulnerable population, filling our stations and diverting our national security efforts.”
Border Patrol agents say they are tracking the illegal immigrants around the clock, given the “significant” influx. “With more family units being smuggled into these areas, agents must divert even greater resources to care and treat those harmed by the arduous journey,” CBP said.
Last Tuesday, for example, CBP agents rescued 61 people from rising flood waters; and last Wednesday, shortly after crossing the border, a mother in one of the groups died in front of her son.
“Migrants are suffering dehydration, illness, injuries and death at the hands of smugglers. Border Patrol agents are alarmed and concerned by the continuous influx of migrants found in life threatening and vulnerable situations,” CBP announced.
In the last six weeks, Arizona Border Patrol agents have arrested:
— 164 adults and children west of the San Luis Port of Entry on Oct. 2 (Yuma Sector);
— 264 adults and children west of the Lukeville Port of Entry on Sept. 25 (Ajo Station)
— 275 adults and children on Sept. 20 (Yuma); (CBP said 20 were hospitalized for back and ankle injuries, lacerations, lice infestation, and impetigo.)
— 193 adults and children west of the Lukeville Port of Entry on Sept. 16;
— 121 adults and children near the Senita Basin north of Lukeville on Sept. 9 (Ajo)
— 163 adults and children west of Lukeville’s Port of Entry on Sept. 4 (Ajo)
— 103 adults and children west of Lukeville’s Port of Entry on Aug. 28 (Ajo)
— 128 illegal immigrants who had been abandoned by their smugglers on Aug. 20 (Ajo).
In August, 37,544 illegal crossers were apprehended at Southwest border, the most since May 2018 when 40,335 were apprehended.
In August, the number of family unit apprehensions increased 38 percent to 12,774 – that’s 3,527 more than July.
If you drive along IH-8 just west of Yuma, AZ you’ll see a border fence that would be child’s play to cross over into the US. Other pictures I’ve seen show a similar fence that runs parallel just a few yards south of it. I can’t say what the rest of the border fence looks like as it’s too far from the highway, but in this area that fence wouldn’t stop anyone. It’s no wonder our Border Patrol agents are being overrun with the hoards of illegals coming in.
The Dems and the Rs have been arguing for years about which comes first – immigration reform or border security, and neither objective gets accomplished. We haven’t even changed any laws to allow us to turn them away, so in the meantime the illegals just keep flooding in.
It’s over 1900 miles from Guatemala to Yuma, AZ, so even by train, the toughest of the travelers would be exhausted and sick by the time they reach our border. And as we’ve talked about numerous times, they are bringing in diseases that had been basically wiped out in the US.
Hopefully, after the mid-terms, Congress will address this. Trump can’t do everything by himself.