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Border Patrol: Nearly 175 immigrants arrested in Yuma Sector

Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 20:35:22-04

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Border Patrol officials say agents in the Yuma Sector have arrested large groups of mostly Central American families, many of whom required medical attention.

Agents reported apprehending nearly 750 immigrants who walked through the Colorado River vehicle barriers near Yuma and surrendered to agents.

About 87 percent of the immigrants were Guatemalan with the remaining being from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Ecuador.

Agents say they provided medical treatment to 137 immigrants.

Some of the ailments included pregnancy complications, lacerations, blisters, respiratory issues, chicken pox, lice and scabies.

Border Patrol officials say so far this fiscal year, the Yuma Sector has seen a 230 percent increase in family unit apprehensions and a 36 percent increase in unaccompanied immigrant children apprehensions when compared to last year.