U.S. Border Patrol detains 224 illegal immigrants near Imperial Beach

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – More than 200 migrants were detained near Imperial Beach over the past week for allegedly attempting to enter the United States illegally, Border Patrol officials said Wednesday.

In two separate incidents, officials say 224 people were detained for crossing into the United States near Imperial Beach.

The first incident on Saturday involved 123 migrants who Border Patrol agents encountered at around 6:40 p.m., which officials said was the largest migrant group encountered locally since November, when 144 people were detained in Imperial Beach.

At about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, 101 migrants were found inside a drainage tube at the international boundary. In Tuesday’s incident, the Border Patrol said smugglers used a blow torch to cut through bars in the tube, which allowed the migrants to cross through.

Border Patrol officials said the migrants were citizens of 13 different countries, the majority of whom — 183 people — were from Brazil. The groups included 167 adults and 57 people who were traveling with their families.

The two groups totaling 224 individuals were determined to be citizens of the following 13 countries:

•    Brazil (183)
•    Sierra Leon (4)
•    Peru (4)
•    Nepal (4)
•    Nicaragua (2)
•    Nigeria (2)
•    Haiti (2)
•    Gambia (1)
•    India (1)
•    Cuba (3)
•    Romanians (8)
•    Colombians (8)
•    Mexicans (2)

With 13 different countries consisting of mostly non-Spanish speaking migrants, San Diego Sector must resource out for translation support, which can strain the case-work process.

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