Video shows group of nearly 400 migrants cross Arizona border
PHOENIX — Border agents say a group of nearly 400 migrants was apprehended at the Arizona-Mexico border on Tuesday.
U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Roy Villareal said at a press conference that there were almost 200 children accompanied by parents and about 30 unaccompanied minors traveling with the group west of Lukeville.
“We’re talking about infants, all the way up to 16 or 17 years old,” he said.
“What’s problematic about this, when we speak of a humanitarian crisis, is the fact that smugglers are exploiting these very vulnerable people.”
UPDATE: Although initially believed to be 360 Central American migrants who turned themselves in to @CBP #BorderPatrol, an additional 33 surrendered, bringing the number to 393 now in #USBP custody. Details: https://t.co/3yid7Y5MRa pic.twitter.com/DmHNHhHKz4
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) April 17, 2019
Villareal said three charter buses drove up to the border and dropped off the group.
A video released by Border Patrol shows part of the group run across the border, where its members wait to be apprehended by border agents.
Villareal said the group of at least 393 people created a “tremendous gap in border security” because he had to close down a checkpoint and assign an entire station of agents to handle it.
He said his agency does not have enough buses to bring the migrants into the central station, so it was taking a long time to move them all.
“When these caravans show up, when these large groups show up, they impact border security,” Villareal said.
“And so, collectively, the United States Border Patrol in partnership with CBP and DHS … is trying to mitigate this.”
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Martha Maurer contributed to this report.