TUCSON, Ariz. – Agents assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station encountered several large groups of Central Americans, totaling more than 240 people in the last 48 hours.
Agents encountered 80 men, women and children on Sunday evening after the group illegally entered the country west of the Lukeville Port of Entry. The group consisted largely of Guatemalan nationals.
Overnight, Ajo agents encountered two other large groups, one consisting of 113 and another with 49 family unit members from Central America.
All persons within the groups were found to be in good health and were transported to the Ajo Border Patrol Station for processing.
Illicit transnational criminal organizations exploit the vulnerability of foreign nationals with false promises of legal status and encourage dangerous border crossings, placing lives at risk.
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.