Migrants Overwhelmed US Border In Yuma Sector During Week-Long Period

400 Migrants Overwhelmed US Border In Yuma Sector During Week-Long Period

Almost 400 migrants burrowed under a fence on the US-Mexico border earlier this week and crossed into the United States, four sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

The group dug under a steel barrier in seven spots about 10 miles east of a border crossing in San Luis and made no effort to elude immigration agents.

The largest single group of asylum-seekers to be taken into custody in the USA reportedly tunneled beneath a section of the border wall outside Yuma, Arizona.

"Criminal organizations continue to exploit the loopholes in immigration law to distract agents with large groups of smuggled aliens in an attempt to move their contraband through a different area", according to the statement issued by the Border Patrol's El Paso sector, which includes all of New Mexico.

They say that is what occurred early Wednesday morning - just after midnight - when Border Patrol agents encountered 247 migrants.

The group used multiple holes in an apparent effort to get everyone across the border quickly, Mr Garibay said.

Another group of 115 were found in the same area on Thursday, again featuring large numbers of Guatemalans.

Some fencing in the Yuma area is expected to be replaced with new fencing paid for with funds appropriated by Congress past year.

According to ABC News, the asylum seekers tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis.

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Monday's group of migrants was the first of at least two large groups to arrive at the United States border this week.

Due to the large size of the migrant group, CBP personnel from the surrounding locations were summoned to assist the local agents.

So far in fiscal year 2019, now spanning October and November, agents on the southwest border have apprehended a total of 102,857 undocumented persons between ports of entry, 48,287 of which were family units, and 10,265 were unaccompanied minor children. In the mid-2000s, more than 100,000 migrants were apprehended annually in the Yuma region.

Trump has declared the situation at the border a national security and humanitarian crisis, and demanded $5.7 billion in border wall funding from Congress.

The Trump administration has pointed to a reduction in border crossings from their all-time high in Yuma sector to make the case that walls work.

Questions also remain about whether a wall would alleviate the humanitarian situation driven by an uptick in asylum seekers presenting themselves at the U.S. border.

The Border Patrol said most of the migrants in the mass crossings are Central American families with children and unaccompanied minors who are seeking asylum.

"Migrants can be seen marching toward Border Patrol agents by the hundreds", reports ABC News. The video shows numerous children being passed over the barrier, as well.

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