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Acting Homeland Security Secretary in Yuma: Migrant Crossings Still at ‘Crisis Level’

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan in San Luis on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Behind him are Yuma Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik and San Luis Customs and Border Protection Port Director John Schwamm.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan met with Border Patrol officials and reporters at the Yuma Sector station and at the border wall in San Luis on Thursday.

Acting Secretary McAleenan said that while the numbers of migrants being apprehended by Border Patrol officials in Yuma and other sectors has decreased significantly in recent weeks, it is still a matter of concern.

“The situation is improving by every available metric, but, and I want to be very clear about this, we remain at and beyond crisis levels in illegal crossings even as our initiatives to address irregular flows and mitigate humanitarian conditions are making an impact,” McAleenan said.

McAleenan said an investigation into last month's allegations by some migrant youths of mistreatment and even sexual abuse by some agents is ongoing. 

He added that officials will continue to assess the need for the temporary soft-sided (tent) facility in Yuma depending on the number of migrants in custody.

McAleenan met with U.S. Senator Martha McSally and Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls.


Stay tuned to KAWC for more coverage from the secretary's visit.

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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