At least 147 unaccompanied children detained by US Border Patrol agents after crossing the US-Mexico border in Arizona with a group of adults
- Border Patrol agents stopped 197 migrants crossing the US-Mexico border in southern Arizona on Wednesday
- A total of 147 unaccompanied minors were identified; most of the children were Guatemalan
- Since the start of fiscal year 2021 – which runs from October 2020 to September 2021 – 95,079 unaccompanied children have been detained
- The Arizona team stopped 13,667 unaccompanied minors along that stretch traject
At least 147 unaccompanied minors have been caught illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border into southern Arizona, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Border Patrol agents found the children along with a group of adults and families around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday near a stretch of border in the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation.
Most were identified as Guatemalan citizens. A total of 197 migrants were taken to a border patrol station in Tucson.
Agents from the Tucson Sector of the US Border Patrol found 197 migrants crossing the border from Mexico to Arizona on Wednesday morning in the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. US Customs and Border Protection said there were 147 unaccompanied children, most of whom were Guatemalan citizens
Since the beginning of fiscal year 2021 — which runs from October 2020 to September 2021 — 95,079 unaccompanied children have been detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents on the Southwestern border. At least 65,411 have been detained in the past four months
It was the second time this week that the team of agents encountered a group of unaccompanied children.
On Monday, officers patrolling the border near Sababe, Arizona, stopped 48 undocumented migrants for illegal entry.
According to the Dutch DPA, 39 unaccompanied minor migrants were between 5 and 17 years old. All were processed to enter the US without legal documents.
The CBP’s report last month found that of the 188,829 migrants who stopped crossing the border on June 15, 253 were unaccompanied children.
Since the start of fiscal year 2021 – from October 2020 to September 2021 – 95,079 unaccompanied children have been detained. But 65,411 were detained in the past four months.
In the entire fiscal year 2020, a total of 33,239 children were stopped by agents for illegal passage through the southwestern border.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Border Patrol team in Arizona for comment.
Of the more than 100 migrants who surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents on July 8 after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Sasabe, Arizona, the CBP said more than 90 were unaccompanied minors from Guatemala.
Figures released on July 16 show that 188,829 migrants were found at the southwestern border in June, even more than U.S. Customs and Border Protection in May.
Under President Joe Biden’s rule, unaccompanied minors are allowed to remain in the US under Title 42 policy.
However, under former President Trump, the measure forced the CBP to immediately remove all migrants, including children, who were intercepted at the southwestern border as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic without providing an opportunity to apply for asylum.
The measure was introduced by Trump on March 21, 2020, and urged the CBP to immediately remove all migrants, including children. The agency would send adults back to Mexico and the children would be placed in hotels and then deported to their home countries.
A young female minor walks over others as they lie in a pod of the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas, on March 30.
Under Biden, the CBP continues to evict most migrant families and single adults, eventually forcing parents to send their children across the border alone in hopes of joining them later. In other cases, family members who are already in the US are given custody of the children.
Federal guidelines state that children should not be held in facilities for more than 72 hours after being apprehended by border police.
The law requires that children be transferred to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]. The Office for the Resettlement of Refugees is responsible for providing long-term shelter for the minors.
A member of the United States National Guard speaks with three unaccompanied children who have just arrived on the banks of the Rio Grande after crossing the United States-Mexico border into Roma, Texas on a raft on July 9.