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Customs and Border Protection Releases Yuma Sector Border Migrant Numbers

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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.

Migrant apprehensions in the Yuma Sector increased from 2018 to 2019, part of the larger than usual groups of migrants heading north from Central America.

The largest spike was in the number of family unit apprehensions. There were almost 52,000 apprehensions in 2019 in the Yuma Sector compared to about 14,550 in 2018. That’s a 257 percent increase.

Single adults were previously the largest group of migrants. More than 9,000 were apprehended in the Yuma Sector, up 44 percent from about 6,250 in 2018.

The number of unaccompanied migrant children was up to just under 7,300 from about 5,420, an increase of 34 percent.

The Yuma Sector saw smaller percentage changes than sectors in Texas.


(original report from Oct. 29, 2019)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials released their agency’s Fiscal Year 2019 southwest border migration statistics Tuesday in El Paso, Texas. 

CBP southwest border migrant numbers fiscal year 2019

CBP personnel took more than 1.1 million enforcement actions nationwide in Fiscal Year 2019. That’s a 68 percent increase over the preceding year.

Those numbers from the southwest border include apprehending more than 850,000 migrants between ports of entry, including more than 470,000 family units.

Numbers for the Yuma Sector were not immediately available.

CBP officials say 76 miles of new border wall fencing have been built in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An additional 156 miles of wall are currently under construction, including some near Yuma and San Luis, with 276 miles in the preconstruction process. 

Nationwide, CBP hired more than 3,300 law enforcement personnel, an increase of 46 percent over the previous fiscal year.

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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