Customs and Border Patrol is continuing to prepare for the potential invasion by thousands of people traveling in caravans to the United States border. However, this week Yuma Sector BP agents apprehended 654 illegal aliens, not believed to be associated with the caravan.
Most of those who surrendered themselves to Yuma Sector agents on Monday and Tuesda were part of family units or unaccompanied juveniles from Guatemala, who surrendered themselves to agents on Monday and Tuesday.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday night, a group of 55 Central Americans waded across the river near County 9th Street and surrendered to agents after walking around vehicle barriers. The area lacks infrastructure that would deter pedestrian entries.
Year to date apprehensions in Yuma Sector are up over 150% compared to this date in Fiscal Year 2018. Total Fiscal Year 2018 numbers were more than double total Fiscal Year 2017 numbers.
The preparations for the caravan invasion include training exercises, deploying additional CBP personnel, and partnering with the U.S. military to harden ports of entry.
According to authorities, CBP’s Office of Field Operations is continually assessing its capabilities and making the necessary preparations in anticipation of the invading caravan.
On November 14, land ports of entry throughout Arizona began to ramp up operational readiness exercises and mobilization of resources. As part of these preparations, Department of Defense personnel have continued to install concertina wire, pre-positioning barriers, barricades, and fencing as requested by CBP under Operation Secure Line. This included the placement of large barriers, conex boxes on limited use northbound vehicular lanes of traffic, and tactical training exercises with personnel.