Mass Migration Crisis in Yuma, Arizona is Set to Get Worse

Before a 15,000 person migrant camp in Del Rio, Texas, made national news and grabbed the attention of the White House, another pressure point along the southern border was erupting. In Yuma, Arizona, the crisis is likely to get more out of control.

The Center for Immigration Studies reports that agents from other sectors have been called to help process an international medley of illegals streaming through the desert wilderness on the California-Arizona state line. The U.S. government has set up temporary tent cities to handle the surge of migrants who have descended on this point of entry.

Border agents encountered 91,841 migrants from Haiti and South America, and other parts of the world, between October 2020 and August 2021, according to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Agents intercepted 17,097 migrants in August alone, up from 684 in August 2020, a 2,400% increase. In 2020, border crossings were at a historical low because of the pandemic, but adjusting for that, the current monthly figures coming in from Yuma suggest that something unusual is happening.

Throughout the year, the amount of illegal crossings has risen dramatically. In November 2020, there were 990 encounters, which quadrupled to 5,128 in February and topped at 17,000 in August 2021.

Federal authorities expect the problem to get worse before it gets better.

Requests for Border Patrol agents from other areas to assist in processing migrants since the Biden administration took office in January have become all too familiar. Allowing hundreds of thousands of family group illegal immigrants into the nation has only led to more of the same.

Approximately 900 people per day cross the border in Yuma, Arizona, at a spot known as “The Gap.” In this area, it is easy for people to cross the Colorado River from the Mexican town of Los Algodones and go right past an unfinished section of the U.S. border wall.

Chris T. Clem, Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent, has posted several picture and video updates to his Twitter account documenting organized illegal border crossings, thousands of migrants being detained, and narcotics seizures.

On September 23, as media was largely focused on Del Rio, Texas, Clem tweeted that “#YumaSector agents encountered more than 1,000 migrants who illegally crossed the border into the U.S. from Mex on Thursday, a new fiscal year record for daily apprehensions. The total includes migrants from 21 different countries. #BorderSecurity is #NationalSecurity.”

Another weak border point, known as the “Darien Gap” between Colombia and Panama, is reportedly being traversed by a large influx of 95,000 mainly Haitian migrants. The hard-left New York Times has acknowledged that illegal crossings are exploding because President Biden allows them to remain in the country after crossing the southern border.

An especially troubling fact is that the traffic flowing through the Darien Gap and “The Gap” in Yuma isn’t simply a failure to stop widespread lawlessness.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, this traffic is a substantial national security threat since many people come from countries where terrorism is a concern, and vetting procedures are not thorough during big migration periods.

Migrants who successfully locate and breach gaps, only to be lawfully brought into the country permanently, as the Biden administration welcomes most family groups to do, summon even more illegal crossings.


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