More than 1,600 migrants were detained at a portion of the southern border over the weekend, authorities said, amid an influx of undocumented immigrants at the border.
Border Patrol agents encountered at least 13 groups with 30 or more migrants who crossed into the United States illegally from Mexico, tweeted Chris Clem, the agency’s sector chief in Yuma, Arizona.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained more than 1,600 migrants, the agency said. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
He said the migrants crossed in areas where there is no infrastructure to deter migrants from crossing illegally on foot. On Friday morning, he said agents encountered a group of 52 migrants and another of 110 three hours later.
The Yuma sector is made up of more than 181,000 square miles of mostly desert land divided between California and Arizona.
Critics have blamed the surge in migrants at the border on rolling back Trump-era immigration policies by the Biden administration to secure the border, including the halted construction of the border wall.
Biden has blamed his predecessor for fueling the crisis.
“It dismantled all the elements that exist to deal with what had been a problem and remained a problem for a long time,” he told a news conference last month. “He, in fact, closed the number of available beds. It didn’t fund HHS for people to take children out of Border Patrol facilities where they shouldn’t be and shouldn’t be more than a few days, a little while. But he dismantled all that.
US Customs and Border Protection agents detain migrants found at the southern border of the Yuma, Arizona sector. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
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There were more than 162,000 migrant encounters in April, slightly less than the 172,000 encounters in March, according to CBP figures.