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Yuma Sector Border Patrol Credits Gov. Programs For Less Apprehensions

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Border Patrol Agent Jose Garibay of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office speaks to reporters in front of border fencing that will replace the vehicle barriers along the Colorado River between Yuma and San Luis on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has released its Immigration and Border Report for February. Meanwhile, officials in the Border Patrol's Yuma Sector say apprehensions are down- by a lot.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 1,225 individuals were charged in February with illegal reentry, meaning that they were previously deported.

289 of those had been deported three or more times.

In addition, U.S. attorneys charged 757 people with illegal entry.

Here in the Yuma Sector, Border Patrol Agent Jose Garibay credits government programs as well as new policies by the Mexican government, with significantly reducing apprehensions.

“We’re pretty low right now," Garibay told KAWC. "We’re only catching about 20 to 40 a day. Our Guatemalan apprehensions have pretty much dropped off.” 

Garibay says he does not expect to see a significant increase in the coming weeks in the Yuma Sector.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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