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Group of 325 migrants apprehended near Lukeville

Posted at 1:30 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 15:30:29-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Officials with Customs and Border Protection say a group of hundreds of migrants were apprehended in the southern Arizona desert this week.

It happened on Thursday west of Lukeville. CBP says a Border Patrol helicopter found the group of 325 Central American migrants amid freezing temperatures in the desert overnight. Nearly 150 of them were minors, 32 of whom were not accompanied by an adult. After an evaluation by doctors, two of those children were sent to a hospital with minor illnesses.

The group told officers that buses and trucks had dropped them off on the nearby highway, then the group crossed the border together at around 8 a.m.

So far this year, CBP says 58 groups of 100 or more migrants crossed the border, many of whom were family units or unaccompanied minors, according to the agency's statistics.