More than 600 undocumented immigrants were detained on the Arizona-Mexico border in the last 48 hours, according to the Border Patrol (CBP) of the Yuma Sector.
The majority are groups of families or unaccompanied youths from Guatemala, who, totaling 654 immigrants, voluntarily surrendered to agents in different operations on Monday and Tuesday, the federal agency reported in a press release.
The migrants have no relationship with the caravan that, from Honduras, currently travels through Mexico, CBP clarified. They illegally entered the country near the port of entry of San Luis, where, according to the federal agency, there is an “obsolete” infrastructure of the wall that allows migrants to cross.
It was further indicated that larger numbers of people have started crossing illegally in shallow parts of the Colorado River, near the border town of Yuma. Last Monday night, a group of 55 Central Americans crossed the river and surrendered voluntarily.
Group arrests continue to be made at the Arizona-Mexico border despite last week the administration of President Donald Trump announced new regulations that would prevent those entering the country from illegally seeking political asylum.
Those who want to request this type of protection must now present themselves at the ports of entry along the border with Mexico. Currently, in the border town of Nogales, Arizona, there are more than 60 families waiting their turn to apply for political asylum.
CBP indicated that during the current fiscal year, which began on October 1, arrests within the Yuma Sector have increased more than 150%, compared to the same date in the previous fiscal year.
Last Friday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma station arrested about 450 undocumented immigrants, mostly Central Americans, also in a 48-hour period.