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Group of 128 illegal immigrants arrested crossing border in Arizona

The US-Mexico border patrolled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who is on the lookout for illegal crossings, human trafficking and drug smuggling. (Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
August 27, 2018

More than 120 people were arrested by U.S. border patrol agents after they illegally entered the U.S. last week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a large convoy of 128 people crossed from Mexico into Arizona, about 100 miles west of Tucson, the Washington Examiner reported last week.

When agents from the Lukeville Port of Entry saw the large group on the north side of the border fence, they acted quickly and arrested the immigrants, who were from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The group reportedly traveled 2,500 miles to get to the border.

The illegal immigrants were “presumably brought to the border by human smugglers who remained in Mexico,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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The agency said in a press release: “Transnational criminal organizations exploit the vulnerability of foreign nationals with false promises of legal status and encourage dangerous crossing methods, placing their safety at risk.”

Ajo Border Patrol Station processed the immigrants, the youngest being just 4-years-old. Medical examinations were conducted on all 128 individuals and revealed that all were in good health.

Some individuals had previous immigration violations. The group will be removed from the country by the Enforcement Removal Operations division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This type of activity is not new to the area, but the size of the group was especially large.

In June, 31 adults and children were apprehended north of the U.S.-Mexico boundary in the Rio Grande Valley.