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

Sep 12, 2019

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.