YUMA – On Monday night, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents responding to an emergency call rescued 17 illegal aliens after they crossed into the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range east of San Luis.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), emergency services in Mexico relayed a phone call to the Yuma Sector Operations Center from a group lost in the desert at approximately 10:10 p.m. The caller reported that the group was comprised of eight adults and nine juveniles.
Agents found the illegal aliens approximately 30 miles east of San Luis within the bombing range area of operations at about 11:30 p.m. The migrants were found to be in good health and did not require medical attention. The group was then transported to Yuma Station where they received food, water, and access to care.
“This particular area is especially dangerous for illegal border crossers due to the remoteness of the location,” said Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony J. Porvaznik. “In addition to the complete lack of adequate infrastructure to stop this occurrence, illegal aliens must contend with the summer heat and the dangers of military training in the area.”
The migrants were processed for immigration violations.