YUMA, Ariz. - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents captured a total of 108 immigrants on video and arrested a total of 220 immigrants on Thursday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
CBP said at approximately 3:30 a.m. a large number of immigrants were dropped over the border wall east of the San Luis port of entry.
This was part of a coordinated smuggling effort where the subjects were dropped off the legacy landing mat border wall in four places simultaneously.
“It is common that we see individuals who are crossing illegally in between the ports of entry down here in Yuma sector. Parents, sometimes, we see them throwing their infants over the wall. In some instances, hoping that an individual that’s at the bottom of the wall would be able to catch them,” Agent Jose Garibay, Yuma Sector Border Patrol.
The facilitators never crossed with the groups and returned to Mexico and out of the 108 individuals, 100 were from Guatemala and the rest were Honduran nationals.
Throughout the day agents arrested an additional 112 immigrants, a majority being from Guatemala, and were later processed for immigration proceeding.
“Coordinated smuggling of large numbers of Central Americans is taking place daily here in Yuma Sector,” said Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik. “They show flagrant disregard for the laws of our country and are exploiting our need for improved border wall infrastructure.”
Border Patrol also addressed if they are preparing for the possibility of more undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. after thousands arrived in Mexico today.
“The United States Border Patrol monitors all illicit activity and possible illicit activity on our southern and northern borders and our agents are always prepared and the sector’s always preparing for any possible influx that could be coming from this caravan,” Agent Garibay.