290 in group caught af­ter il­le­gal en­try

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

AN­TE­LOPE WELLS, N.M. — U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol agents ar­rested 290 Cen­tral Amer­i­cans who en­tered the coun­try il­le­gally near a port of en­try in a re­mote area of south­west­ern New Mex­ico.

The Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion agency said the for­eign­ers ar­rested Fri­day near An­te­lope Wells, 122 miles west of El Paso, Texas, were from Gu­atemala, Nicaragua, El Sal­vador and Hon­duras. The group in­cluded a boy who was taken to a hos­pi­tal be­cause he ap­peared to be ill.

The agency said more than 27 groups of more than 100 peo­ple have been ap­pre­hended in the area in the fis­cal year that started Oct. 1.

It is un­clear what’s driv­ing the uptick of large groups in re­mote ar­eas but fam­i­lies make up a large and grow­ing per­cent­age of ar­rests across the bor­der.

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