For months, Border Control canine training classes were cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. While trainings usually headed to El, Paso Texas to train with their new dogs in the Canine Center, all classes were cancelled once COVID cases spiked nearby. Currently, the dogs are being held in Arizona on a temporary basis.
This past Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 11 citizens from Iran after they successfully crossed the border between the United States and Mexico and entered subsequently entered Arizona.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection noted that the group of illegal Iranian immigrants was encountered by Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents near the city of San Luis, which is located in the southwest corner of Arizona. The arrests occurred at approximately 6:00 p.m., near the Salinity Canal and County 21st Street.
Agents quickly realized that the group of Iranians, including five females and six males, entered the United States illegally via Mexico. Consequently, they were arrested and placed into custody.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it is not uncommon for Yuma Sector agents to routinely encounter foreign nationals from all over the world crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S. illegally, including individuals from “Special Interest”, or higher risk, nations.
Over the last few years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have captured more Iranians illegally crossing the border than all the other sectors of Border Patrol combined. A total of 14 Iranians have been detained since October.
CBP did not respond back to Fox News by the time of publication.
Due to enhanced enforcement in other states, such as Texas and California, over the past few years, migrants have been pushed towards the dangerous terrain of Arizona for crossings.
Immigration scholars anticipate a massive influx of people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala this year in particular, especially after two horrific hurricanes that wreaked havoc on Central America. In addition, the numbers of migrants are expected to increase with a Joe Biden administration after years of anti-illegal immigration measures by the Trump administration.
As noted by Andrew Selee, the President of the Migration Policy Institute, “Heading north will continue to be seen as an option, … President-elect Joe Biden has promised to do things differently, treating migrants and asylum-seekers with dignity.”
However, Selee also warned that abrupt changes in policy could encourage a flood of would-be border crossers to the United States.