YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 275 illegal aliens in two days, most of whom surrendered to agents after illegally crossing from Mexico.
On Monday and Tuesday, agents apprehended 275 foreign nationals; 262 of those individuals were from countries other than Mexico, with 209 of them being family units and 26 unaccompanied children. The undocumented aliens were from eight different countries, Guatemala being the majority with 215 subjects.
Twenty of the individuals had to be transported to the hospital to be treated for a range of conditions including: back and ankle injuries from being dropped off the border wall, lacerations, lice infestation and impetigo, which is a highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects infants and children.
Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik stated, “This daily crisis is taking manpower and resources from our border security mission and compelling us to redistribute them to a humanitarian mission.”
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.