YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two huge groups of surrendering Guatemalans and Hondurans near the San Luis Port of Entry within hours of each other.
Just before midnight on Tuesday, Yuma Station agents apprehended a group of 108 illegal aliens after they illegally crossed from Mexico and surrendered to agents half-a-mile west of the San Luis Port of Entry. Five hours later, agents apprehended a group of 58 illegal aliens who illegally crossed from Mexico and surrendered to agents approximately one mile east of the port of entry.
Guatemalan nationals made up 156 of the subjects, 8 were from Honduras. In the two groups, there were a total of 88 children ranging in age from 3 months to 17 years old. All subjects will be processed accordingly.
Yuma Sector continues to see increasing numbers of aliens crossing illegally into its area of responsibility from countries other than Mexico.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.
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.