Report Says Arizona Seeing Highest Spike in Illegal Border Crossings


According to a Fox News report, Arizona is seeing a larger influx of illegal alien crossings than any other state.

In September, Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents were encountering 600 illegal aliens daily, which he said is a 2,000 percent increase from last year.

One man who owns land near the Arizona border, a retiree who did not want to be named for fear of retribution, told Fox News that he’s been secretly monitoring the activity of migrants with hidden cameras.

“I’ve lived on the border for years and it was fine. Now they’ve overrun us,” the reportedly said.

The report describes a “never-ending flow of migrant traffic,” unbeknownst to CBP. It also describes single file lines of men, mostly wearing camouflage, sneaking into the country unabated.

“In fiscal year 2020 under President Trump, the Yuma sector apprehended 8,069 illegal immigrants,” Fox reported. “With the final month’s numbers of fiscal year 2021 not yet reported – 91,841 migrants were arrested.  That’s a 1,038% increase – compared to the 325% increase border-wide. The next highest was Rio Grande Valley with a 542% increase to 493,993 apprehensions.”

The account of a massive increase in border crossings in Arizona is consistent with The Arizona Sun Times’ previous reporting on a massive surge of migrant deaths in the state.

The borderland in Arizona is notoriously treacherous, especially during the hot summer months.

In June alone, 43 sets of human remains were found in the Arizona desert alone, all presumably the remains of illegal aliens who attempted the dangerous trek through the desert. At the time, that number put the state on pace for the most migrant deaths in a single year.

CBP warned about attempting to cross into the United States via Arizona’s desert.

“The desert is vast and treacherous. When you cross illegally, you put yourself in incredible peril,” Clem said at the beginning of summer. “And our hot season is just beginning.”

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].





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