Hundreds of nonwhite invaders pretending to be “asylum seekers” have started digging holes under the weak parts of the US-Mexico border in order to surrender to Customs and Border Patrol agents.
According to media reports, the nonwhites—from central and South America—are the single largest group ever to tunnel under the border wall in Arizona.
After digging several holes—just a few feet long—through the poor border fence—the nonwhites voluntarily turned themselves into Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to lodge “asylum” claims, as is the latest fad by which they can swindle their way into staying in the US.
The CBP said that 179 of the 376 invaders were children, including over 30 unaccompanied minors, that is, under the age of 18.
The overall number of unauthorized crossings has plummeted since its peak in the 2001, when CBP logged about 1.6 million apprehensions, according to government statistics. However, the demography of those crossing has changed dramatically.
Parents with children now comprise over 80 percent of the total apprehensions of those crossing the 2,000-mile long border with Mexico. The vast majority of them, like the latest group near Yuma, surrender immediately or seek out Border Patrol agents in order to begin the asylum process.
CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said his unit needs better border barriers, but more urgently it needs funding to provide for these families.
The mass crossing this week took place in a sparsely populated stretch of the border, where an old model of border barrier rises about 12 feet from the sandy ground. The stretched agency only had three agents patrolling that 26-mile-long section of the border.
It took hours to process the families, most of which were sent to the area’s chronically overcrowded central processing center in Yuma.
“In my 30 years with the Border Patrol, I have not been part of arresting a group of 376 people,” Porvaznik said. “That’s really unheard of.”
One invader in the group told media he left Guatemala eight days previously and made most of the trip by bus along with his 12-year-old daughter. They were planning to leave the processing center destined for San Diego—plane ticket in hand.
The father said he saved about $5,000 to pay a coyote to quickly get them to the border. He left a wife and two younger daughters back in Guatemala. Next to them were a mother and two daughters on their way to Cincinnati, also from Guatemala. They too traveled by bus and the journey took about eight days.
Just two days after the group tunneled under the border wall in Yuma, the Border Patrol took in another huge group of invaders in New Mexico. The 247-person group, including unaccompanied minors, crossed near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry and immediately surrendered to authorities for processing.
The CBP said 24 large groups—quantified as 100 or more— have crossed the border near Lordsburg, New Mexico, just since Oct. 1, 2018.