Yuma Sector Border Patrol

Camp Grip: The U.S. Border Patrol's Isolated Base

Jun 16, 2015
Stephanie Sanchez

In May 2001-a group of 26 illegal immigrants from Mexico attempting to cross the U.S. Mexico Border were left to fend for themselves in the Arizona desert by the coyotes they’d hired to smuggle them into the United States.

With no food or water, 14 immigrants died of heat exhaustion.

The deaths sparked a debate over efforts to stem illegal immigration and humanitarian efforts to help immigrants who cross Arizona’s treacherous southern deserts.

Yuma Border Patrol on the Colorado River

Jun 25, 2014
Stephanie Sanchez / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition - You’d be forgiven if you thought apprehending illegal border-crossers in the Yuma Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border is primarily a desert operation.  As you’ll hear in a moment, that is a big part of it, but the Colorado River for some immigrants seems a faster, and perhaps cooler, option for sneaking into the U.S., especially in the summer.  But the Border Patrol says the river can be deadly, so they train for every possibility.  KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports…(originally aired 06/25/14).

Yuma Border Patrol Sector Holds Memorial for Fallen Agents

May 14, 2014
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

The U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector conducted a Law Enforcement Memorial this week to honor fallen law enforcement officers.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett attended the ceremony…(originally aired 05/14/14).

Arizona Edition - On Work Stories, we hear from U.S. Border Patrol Agent Douglas Choi.  Agent Choi, who is originally from the Bay area of California, talks about a situation he witnessed that could have had a far more frightening outcome...(originally aired 01/22/14).

We tried to bring a little bit of calm and order to what could've been a chaotic scene.

Work Stories: Border Patrol Agent Linwood Estes & the Boy with the Coin in His Stomach

Jan 16, 2014

On Arizona Edition's Work Stories, we hear from Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agent Linwood Estes.  Agent Estes is an Arizona native—born and raised in Tucson—and he began his career in the Border Patrol 4 ½ years ago.  In this installment of Work Stories, Agent Estes recalls a little boy who came to the border with a coin in his stomach…(originally aired 01/15/14).