Thousands being processed as larger groups stand near the border
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - A Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent confirmed that approximately 1,300 migrants have been spotted near Morelos Dam.
There have been reports of thousands of migrants nearing our local borders daily and are currently being processed.
Before recently, migrant sightings have been at around 750 people on average but now larger groups are appearing.
"At this time, we can confirm that Yuma Sector has recently seen a large number of migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Brazil. Yuma Sector and their partners are working to expeditiously screen and process those encountered," began a statement from CBP.
A Yuma Sector Border Patrol official also confirmed earlier with Telemundo 3 regarding the migrants, who are mainly from these countries.
The statement continues, "DHS continues to expel migrants under CDC's Title 42 authority. Those who cannot be expelled under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to remain are placed in expedited or full removal proceedings. The vast majority will be eligible for removal."
Title 42 refers to the policy where asylum-seekers must remain in Mexico due to health concerns.
"Unscrupulous smugglers continue to lie so that they can exploit vulnerable migrants. CBP's message is clear and unwavering: Our borders are not open. People should not make the dangerous journey," ended the statement.