Border Agents Arrest 325 Illegal Aliens as ‘Large Group’ Entries Skyrocket

There were 150 children in the group, and 32 of them did not have families with them…

Border Agents Arrest 325 Illegal Aliens as 'Large Group' Entries Skyrocket

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents arrest and care for 325 migrants who crossed illegally in the Arizona desert near Lukeville. Image: CBP

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended an unusually high number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest border in January.

Border arrests in January 2019 were 290 percent higher than in January 2018, CBP reported.

CBP arrested 99,901 family units that illegally crossed the border in January 2019, compared with 25,625 family units during the same period in 2018.

“Family units and unaccompanied children from Central America are crossing the border illegally in greater numbers and in larger groups than ever before, straining our law enforcement resources,” said Brian Hastings, U.S. Border Patrol Chief of Operations. “These trends are very concerning and demonstrate the reality of the ongoing humanitarian and border security crisis.”

CBP said it encountered 58 large groups—defined as 100 migrants or more—in January 2019, up from 13 during the same period last year.

On Thursday, for example, U.S. Border Patrol agents took in a group of 325 Central American migrants who surrendered to them near Lukeville, an Arizona border town, CBP reported.

There were 150 children in the group, and 32 of them did not have families with them.

CBP helicopters located the group after a security camera saw a campfire burning, which the migrants were using to stay warm in the freezing temperatures of the desert night.

Buses and trucks took them to the U.S.-Mexico border, at which point they crossed and waited for CBP to find them and care for them.

The group simply walked across the border, as no barrier near Lukeville prevents illegal entry.

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Lukeville, Arizona. Image: Google Maps

Agents spent “several hours” providing care and transportation for the illegal aliens.

The Department of Homeland Security sent medical staff to care for the group. They discovered a 5-year-old had a possible case of chickenpox and a 12-year-old had a skin infection. The unhealthy children were cared for at a local hospital at taxpayer expense.

Open-border policies are encouraging migrants to illegally cross into the United States, possibly bringing diseases, criminals, and would-be terrorists.