President Donald Trump made a quick stop before his rally in Phoenix Tuesday. KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports the President stopped briefly in Yuma…
President Trump was in Yuma less than an hour. He toured Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma, but did not travel to the border. He did meet with Customs and Border Protection officials at the base.
A post shared by KAWC Public Radio (@kawcradio) on
Aug 23, 2017 at 12:49pm PDT
The 126-mile stretch of the Yuma Sector of the border has achieved what Border Patrol agents call “operational control,” meaning officials are reasonably sure they capture most border crossers. Chief Border Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector Anthony Porvaznik said the President was curious about how that was achieved.
“He asked how effective it was and I told him that the border wall here helped us gain that operational control, that initial impedance and denial of the traffic that at one time, there was no impedance or denial in the Yuma Sector,” Porvaznik said.
The President greeted Marines and their families on the tarmac before leaving on Air Force One.
Two KAWC stories on the President's visit as the story was developing can be found below:
President Donald Trump is set to visit Yuma this afternoon prior to his rally in Phoenix. Activists have already begun organizing to demonstrate. KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…
President Donald Trump will visit Arizona on Tuesday. As the city of Phoenix prepares to host the President for the first time since before the election, the border community of Yuma is prepping for their first presidential visit since 2006. KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…