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Border Fencing Being Built in Yuma Sector, As Border Patrol Says Migrant Numbers Are Down

Border fence construction continues south of Yuma as the sector’s Border Patrol officials say migrant apprehensions continue to decline. 

Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials showed reporters an area of border fencing going up along the Colorado River between Yuma and San Luis. The 30-foot tall bollard style fence will replace much smaller vehicle barriers in place since 2005.

It’s one of four construction projects in the Yuma Sector announced Sept. 3 that will be funded by deferred military construction projects.

Jose Garibay is a Border Patrol Agent in the sector’s Public Affairs Office.

“Where we currently have construction of the 30 foot bollard style wall are areas that we’ve identified as hot spots more or less of both family units as well as unaccompanied alien children as well as single adults crossing illegally into the United States,” Garibay said.

Yuma Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik said the number of migrant apprehensions was just under 1,900 in August, down from 13,925 in May.

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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