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BP Agents encounter over 300 Central Americans

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Posted at 8:02 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 22:02:54-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S Customs and Border Protection said a group of 306 Central Americans surrendered to Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents near the border Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, agents from the Ajo Border Patrol Station found 242 migrants on the border 15 miles west of Lukeville.

On Thursday morning, agents from the Casa Grande Station encountered a group of 64 migrants on the border of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

CBP said both groups were made up of families, largely from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Agents conducted initial screenings to identify any health or safety issues requiring emergency evacuation. From those screenings, agents found one pregnant and four children requiring immediate care. They were sent to a hospital in Goodyear, where they were treated and released to Ajo Border Patrol Station agents for further processing.

The individuals not needing emergency medical attention were sent to Tucson for further processing and medical evaluations. While in Tucson, BP Paramedics identified nine children, ages one to 13 having flu-like symptoms. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment.