YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector have begun releasing detainees on their own recognizance.
Yuma Sector has experienced a significant rise in the number of family units arrested throughout the sector. This demographic is challenging in that they cannot be immediately returned to their country of origin. U.S. Border Patrol processing centers are not designed to house the current numbers of families and small children that we are encountering. Due to capacity issues at our stations and the ongoing humanitarian crisis nationwide, Border Patrol has begun identifying detainees for potential release in Yuma with a notice to appear for their immigration hearings.
Yuma Sector will continue to coordinate with stakeholders in the local community, including other law enforcement agencies and elected officials. For more formation: El Paso Press Conference Transcript.
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.