Unaccompanied Children

A sign at the U.S. border fence between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, warns people not to trespass.

SAN MIGUEL — U.S. Border Patrol agents responded once again to a large group of non-citizens in southern Arizona Wednesday, near San Miguel on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Tucson Sector agents responded to the illegal entry of a group of 197 migrants around 7:15 a.m. Agents determined 147 were unaccompanied migrant children, mostly from Guatemala.

San Miguel is about 25 miles southeast of Sells.

Two days prior, agents encountered a group of 48 migrants near Sasabe, Arizona. Thirty-nine were juveniles, from age 5 to 17. Twenty-seven were children from Guatemala.

All members of both groups were transported to Tucson for processing.

Through June, the Tucson Sector has encountered more than 13,600 non-citizen unaccompanied children this fiscal year to date, a 189% increase over last year.

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