Border Patrol Agents Catch 124 Migrants in Arizona – Some with ‘Previous Immigration Violations’ and Deportations

By Melanie Arter | December 5, 2018 | 10:30 AM EST

TIJUANA, MEXICO - DECEMBER 03: Members of the migrant caravan turn themselves in to a U.S. Border Patrol agent after climbing over the U.S.-Mexico border fence on December 3, 2018 while crossing into San Diego, CA from Tijuana, Mexico. Many had planned to request political asylum in the United States after traveling more than 6 weeks from Central America. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

( – Border Patrol agents caught two large groups of migrants – a total of 124 people - who snuck across the U.S. border in Arizona on Wednesday.

According to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the group was comprised of adults and children from Guatemala and Honduras – men, women, and children ranging in age from four months to 53 years old.

“Casa Grande agents encountered the first group early Wednesday morning near Santa Cruz. The group of family units, was found near a remote Border Patrol camp after they illegally entered the country,” CBP announced on its website.

“Later that afternoon, Ajo agents encountered a second group several miles west of the Lukeville Port of Entry. This group also consisted of family units and was found in an area where agents apprehended thousands of illegal aliens this past summer,” it stated.

Agents discovered that seven men and one woman in the groups had “previous immigration violations, some with previous deportations.”

Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas “encountered large groups of family units flowing into the United States” last week.

“On Friday evening, Weslaco agents patrolling near Hidalgo, Texas, encountered a large group of illegal aliens comprised of family units and unaccompanied children. As agents prepared to transport the group, three additional groups turned themselves in. Within minutes, agents took custody of 73 illegal aliens from the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador,” CBP announced.

On Monday morning, “McAllen agents encountered a group of 51 illegal aliens south of Granjeno, Texas, consisting of family units and unaccompanied children.”


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