More than 1,600 migrants were caught in part of the southern border over the weekend, authorities said amid an influx of undocumented immigrants at the border.
Border patrol agents have encountered at least 13 groups of 30 or more migrants who have illegally crossed into the United States from Mexico, tweeted Chris Clem, the agency’s sector chief in Yuma, Arizona.
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He said migrants have crossed into areas where there is no infrastructure to prevent migrants from crossing illegally on foot. On Friday morning, he said the agents met a group of 52 migrants and another of 110 three hours later.
The Yuma sector consists of more than 181,000 square miles of mostly desert land divided between California and Arizona.
Critics have blamed the rise in border migrants for the Biden administration’s repeal of Trump-era immigration policies to secure the border, including halting the construction of the border wall.
Biden blamed his predecessor for fueling the crisis.
“He dismantled all the existing elements to deal with what was a problem and continued to be a problem for a long time,” he told a news conference last month. “In fact, he closed the number of beds available. It does not fund HHS to get people to take children out of those border patrol facilities where they should not be and should not be for more than a few days – a little while. But he dismantled it all. “
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There were more than 162,000 migrant meetings in April, slightly lower than the 172,000 meetings in March, according to CBP.