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Yuma BP nets 275 illegal aliens in two days

September 20, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – 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, Sept 17 and Tuesday, Sept 18, 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.

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.”

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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