NOGALES, Ariz. – Last month, nearly 99,000 people were apprehended between ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.
That number includes more than 58,000 family units. Apprehensions on the Southwest border have risen every month this year.
Over the past 7 days, #YumaSector Border Patrol has apprehended 3 groups of 100+ illegal aliens. For Fiscal Year to Date 2019 #YumaSector has apprehended 12 groups of 100+ illegal aliens, compared to 1 group for all of FY2018. pic.twitter.com/TqFk0JgEGy
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) May 10, 2019
U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Jacob Stukenberg said they are seeing a sharp increase in crossings in the Tucson sector.
“In years past, the number one demographic we’d see was adult males- from late teens to upper 30’s, maybe 40 years old,” he said. “Now, we’re seeing an increase in family units- children, women.”
Stukenberg said agents are encountering larger groups in remote areas, which makes the logistics of getting those migrants out much more difficult.
“We know that there will be individuals who unfortunately put their lives in the hands of these smugglers, who will take them to these remote areas,” said Agent Stukenberg. “If the smuggler runs away, or they can’t keep up with the smuggler, he’ll leave them behind.”
#USBP agents from the Ajo Station responded to an illegal alien in distress East of Why, Arizona. With a response from local #EMS partners, the man was successfully treated. @CBP details: https://t.co/AQysj8Mlad Audio of the 911 call to follow pic.twitter.com/klUlbf8a7W
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) May 14, 2019
With apprehensions and temperatures on the rise, concern over the dangerous desert journey migrants take is rising, as well.
“We’re obviously going to go out and save every life that we can,” said Stukenberg. “Nobody wants to come across individuals that have succumbed in the desert, and crossing the border should not be a death sentence.”
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