U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona have been busy, detaining more than 650 illegal immigrants in just two days this week. They say apprehensions in the Yuma Sector are up more than 150 percent compared to the last fiscal year at this time.
Agents in the Yuma Sector said they detained 654 people – most reportedly being family units or unaccompanied minors from Guatemala – on Monday and Tuesday. Officials said the groups of illegal immigrants are not believed to be associated with the large caravan of mostly Central American migrants that have prompted the military deployment.
“Yuma is seeing a huge spike and it’s a concern because they don’t have the facilities to process the cases,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, adding a majority of the people detained are released to local charities or even at bus stations because federal facilities are overwhelmed.