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Yuma Border Patrol Chief Talks Change in Migrant Demographics, Need For Agents To Adjust Job Duties

Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol stands in front of border fencing along a canal in San Luis, Ariz. as he speaks to reporters.

During KAWC's exclusive interview with Anthony Porvaznik, Chief Patrol Agent for the Yuma Sector Border Patrol, earlier this month, he explained, in detail, what the high number of undocumented migrants in recent months has meant for agents and their job duties.

While the numbers of migrants who are surrendering themselves to agents at the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma and San Luis are decreasing, due in part to the warmer temperatures and the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the Remain in Mexico policy, a temporary facility at the Yuma Sector headquarters is still in use.

It has been reported that a facility run by the Salvation Army in a Yuma strip mall has been closed, with the non-governmental organization able to house migrants released to them in local motels.

Stay tuned to KAWC for more from our interview with Chief Porvaznik and coverage on immigration in Yuma County.

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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