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Yuma Border Patrol Chief Does Not Expect Bump in Migrant Apprehensions

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Border Patrol Yuma Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik speaks to reporters in front of border fencing west of Yuma. Behind him are Agent Vincent Dulesky and Barbie Moorhouse of the Border Patrol's air unit.

The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol for the Yuma Sector said he does not anticipate a spike in migrant apprehensions in the coming months. 

Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials met with reporters Friday following the release of numbers of migrant apprehensions for the 2019 fiscal year.

In previous years, the largest group of migrants were single adults. However, last year saw a 257 percent increase in the number of family units from about 14,500 the previous year to just under 52,000 last year.

Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik said the number of apprehensions has continued to decrease significantly in recent months. Porvaznik said that is due mostly to both the US’ Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as Remain in Mexico, as well as increased security at Mexico’s southern border.

“I don’t think that as long as Mexico continues their efforts and the efforts that we have in place with CBP and DHS that we will see a significant increase however that can change at any time,” Porvaznik said.

Porvaznik spoke in front of a mile-long stretch of border fencing west of Yuma.

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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