Dozens of migrants showed how easy it was to cross the border between the US and Mexico in a shocking new video taken where the wall fence ends in Arizona.
In the video, tweeted Wednesday by the US Customs and Border Protection in Arizona, a group of 66 people are seen walking up to where the border fence ends east of Sasabe.
They then just simply cross the border ‘where the fence ends,’ tweeted border patrol officials.
In a video, posted Wednesday by the US Customs and Border Protection in Arizona, a group of 66 people (above) are seen walking up to where the border fence ends east of Sasabe
The group (above) then simply crosses the border ‘where the fence ends,’ tweeted border patrol officials
US Customs and Border Protection in Arizona tweeted about the illegal border crossing, and included the video of the migrants walking to the end of the fence border wall
‘Wednesday morning a group of 66 people, mostly family units, crossed the border where the fence ends east of Sasabe,’ officials wrote in the Tweet.
‘Video shows the group approaching the fence and walking to the end. 30% of apprehensions in the #TucsonSector are family units surrendering to #BorderPatrol,’ the Tweet explains.
Border patrol officials did not say whether the families were suspected of having ties to drug smugglers, as others have been reported.
‘Human smugglers often use family unit groups as cover for other illicit smuggling activities,’ wrote the border patrol in a statement released about three other migrant groups nabbed crossing the border this past week.
‘This week, #TucsonSector Border Patrol agents encountered three groups of 98, 66, and 78 people east of Sasabe. The three groups, comprised mostly of Central American families, surrendered to agents after crossing the border illegally,’ tweeted border patrol officials about the apprehensions Friday.
Officials said they have seen large groups of families shifting from the Lukeville area to Sasabe over the course of the summer.
‘Human smugglers often use family unit groups as cover for other illicit smuggling activities,’ wrote the border patrol in a statement released about three other migrant groups caught crossing the border this past week. Above is a tweet about the apprehensions
Tracking migrant movements, border patrol officials said multiple groups of several hundred people surrendered to agents near Quitobaquito Springs, west of Lukeville this past spring. The last such group in the region was on May 28.
Since the beginning of May, nine groups of more than 50 people each also surrendered to agents in the ‘more rugged and mountainous terrain east of Sasabe and south of Arivaca,’ said the border patrol in a released statement.
In addition to families, nearly 69% percent of border patrol apprehensions are single males attempting to evade arrest, reported the border patrol.
The Tucson Sector covers most of Arizona from the New Mexico state line to the Yuma County line, according to Arizona customs and border protection officials.
The area covers a total of 262 border miles and is ‘one of the busiest sectors in the country in both illegal alien apprehensions and marijuana seizures’ the officials say on their website.
There are about 4,200 agents working the eight stations in Tucson Sector.
‘Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents operate in a challenging environment,’ the officials wrote in the release.
‘That requires agents to work in both a humanitarian and law enforcement capacity as they counter the activity of human smugglers that are exploiting people along the border.’