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Video Shows Dozens of Migrants Walking Around Border Fence to Enter US Illegally

Illegal immigrants find weak spot in Arizona desert to make easy border crossings

 on 3rd September 2019 @ 5.00pm
video captured dozens of migrants simply walking around the border fence in arizona © press
Video captured dozens of migrants simply walking around the border fence in Arizona

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials have released eye-opening video footage that shows dozens of migrants simply walking around the border fence to enter the United States illegally.

Illegal immigrants were found to be crossing into the US at a weak spot in the Arizona desert where the pedestrian fence ends.

The black and white video, released on Aug. 30 by Arizona CBP, shows a line of migrants making their way along a path on the Mexico side of the border near Sasabe on Aug. 27.

They can be seen approaching the fence when the video cuts out.

“Wednesday morning a group of 66 people, mostly family units, crossed the border where the fence ends east of Sasabe,” Arizona CBP said in a statement.

“Video shows the group approaching the fence and walking to the end.

"Thirty percent of apprehensions in the Tucson Sector are family units surrendering to Border Patrol.”

migrants were found walking around the border fence where it ends in the arizona desert © press
Migrants were found walking around the border fence where it ends in the Arizona desert

According to the Epoch Times, eight people were hospitalized on June 6, when 134 people made the same journey at the remote location where the pedestrian fence gives way to a vehicle barrier, according to the CBP, before immediately surrendering to authorities.

Video shows them simply walk around the end of the fence and into the United States across the border.

According to the CBP website, there are approximately 300 miles of vehicle barriers along the southwest border, and 354 miles of pedestrian barriers for a total of 654 miles of the 1,954-mile border.

It is unclear whether this has been updated to reflect recent developments in border security.

The fence ends about three miles east of the nearby twin town of Sasabe, which straddles the border with its American and Mexican alter egos, where immigrants can be processed at the entry barrier.

Instead of waiting at the official ports of entry, some brave the heat and desolation of the desert.

“They kind of know to just expect a free ride to the processing area,” Border Patrol Agent Joe Curran told ABC in June.

“They know we’re going to pick them up. They see our vehicles, and that’s their beacon of hope.”

The temperatures in the Arizona desert can reach well over 100 degrees in the summer.

A 7-year-old Indian national was found dead about 100 miles to the east of Sasabe in Lukeville on June 13, after being dropped off with four others by smugglers, and left to cross the border.

CBP said in a statement that they were unable to reach the girl in time after being alerted by her family who said they had lost contact with her in the arid desert.

migrants were found taking advantage of a weak spot in the arizona desert © press
Migrants were found taking advantage of a weak spot in the Arizona desert

In previous years, attempts to cross have peaked in the milder weather of early spring and mid-autumn.

However, according to ABC, this year a record number of apprehensions were reported by Border Patrol in May.

Humanitarian groups who put out potentially life-saving jugs of water say that they have noticed the shift in pattern, according to ABC.

To the west of Sasabe, the pedestrian fence also stops as the border runs for 75 miles through the Tohono O’odham Nation.

The tribe’s remote territory sits in both Mexico and the United States, and it has been opposed to the construction of a proposed 30-foot-high wall, saying it will nonetheless cooperate closely with Border Patrol to ensure the border is secure.

“The Nation has been on the frontline of border issues for over 160 years and takes these issues very seriously,” said a statement (pdf) by the Nation in response to an executive order declared in Jan. 2017 by President Trump.

“While the nation does not support a large-scale fortified wall, it has worked closely for decades with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and other agencies to secure the U.S. homeland.”

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