Yuma Sector camera operators spotted a family of six dropping their children over the border wall near San Luis Port
There were six in total with the family from Guatemala including three children
One of the children were said to have received a bloody nose from the drop
The Yuma Sector was approved for reconstruction and repair in November
Near the San Luis Port in Yuma, Arizona, Yuma Sector camera operators noticed a family from Guatemala dropping their children over an 18-foot border wall early Monday morning.
Camera operators saw at least one adult on the Mexico side of the wall helping the adult members of the family over the wall. The adult was then seen dropping two children to the adults below before retreating into Mexico with no further incident.
In total, the group was a family of six from Guatemala. The family had three children with them, aged 2-years-old, 7-years- old, and 10-years-old. The entire family surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol when they arrived on the scene.
According to a statement from U.S.Customs and Border Protection, one of the children sustained a bloody nose from the drop. The child was said to be treated by CBP, and the entire family was taken into custody. It is not clear if the family will be deported or if they requested asylum.
The Yuma Sector where the incident occurred was approved for replacement in November. The CBP, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved to construct 32 miles of the Primary Pedestrian Replacement Wall in Arizona within the U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma and Tucson sectors.
On November 13, 2018, Barnard Construction Company, Inc. received a base contract for $172 million for approximately 14 miles in Yuma Sector. The total contract value, including options, was reported to be $324 million. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in April 2019.
According to the CBP, the project will include “construction and installation of upgraded tactical infrastructure” for five miles in Lukeville, Arizona, and approximately 27 miles in Yuma, Arizona.
CBP continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to expeditiously plan, design, and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border.