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Del Rio Border Patrol sector arrests over 1,000 Haitian nationals in less than one month

Border Patrol agents transfer migrants apprehended on the Tohono O'odham Nation for transport to a facility in nearby Tucson, Ariz. Located on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, the sprawling and sparsely populated reservation covers more than 2.8 million square miles and has long been a popular entryway for smugglers trafficking people and drugs into the U.S. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have arrested over 1,000 Haitian Nationals since June 10.

“Our agents are seeing a rise in Haitian nationals entering the country illegally which presents challenges that we are meeting head on,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “We will continue to do everything we can to care for these family units with small children.”

Since June 10, agents in Del Rio Sector have arrested over 1,000 Haitian nationals, which include a group of over 100 on June 22 and a group of over 200 on June 24. Prior to June 10, Del Rio Sector had arrested only 17 Haitian nationals this fiscal year. This demographic is unique in that most are family units with a biological minor child who is a national of a third country, usually in South America. About 800 of the 1,000 apprehensions are members of a family unit, and include over 230 minor children who are nationals of a third country such as Brazil and Chile. Many of these family units have resided in Chile and other South American countries for several years prior to departing for the United States.

Del Rio Sector’s total apprehensions to date this year are in excess of 40,000, already more than double the total number of arrests made during the previous fiscal year. More than 34,000 of the individuals arrested this year, over 80 percent, are from approximately 49 countries other than Mexico.

All immigrants arrested are medically evaluated and are referred to medical professionals for more advanced care if needed.

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This press release was originally published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.