Border Patrol Agents Arrest 4 Suspected Illegals During Raid

Caroline Beck
June 17, 2017

As an additional deterrent, the Border Patrol advises that individuals arrested crossing the border illegally in this identified high-risk area, will be presented for prosecution.

Agents would have arrested the men before they entered the camp, Border Patrol spokesman Agent Vicente Paco said, but they were "following footprints" and agents did not catch up with them before they arrived at the camp.

"The raid on the medical aid camp is unacceptable and a break in our good faith agreements w/BP to respect the critical work of #NoMoreDeaths", No More Deaths, the organization providing care to the four detained migrants, tweeted. We were told that Border Patrol had been tracking a group of people for 18 miles.

Instead, he said "guidance" from Tucson Sector management directs agents not to interfere with water stations or "actively surveil" humanitarian aid facilities or camps.

At this time of year, the Tucson Sector reassigns agents and resources from across the sector to those areas known for an increase in the number of people who will need to be rescued; especially migrants entering the US illegally south of Ajo, Arizona. So far this year through April, agents in the Tucson Sector have rescued 160 people and reported 14 deaths.

Two of the men arrested that day had prior significant criminal records in the US; two others required medical auto at a local hospital.

No More Deaths refused to give Border Patrol access to the property.

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Alicia Dinsmore, a No More Deaths spokeswoman, said the aid group is composed of medically-trained volunteers who have first-responder certification and provide care, food and water.

The arrests two days after the sensor took photos of the men raised questions as to why the agents didn't arrest them before they arrived at the camp or after they left.

Dinsmore said agents have arrested migrants who received aid a couple of times but that the large-scale operation on Thursday was unprecedented.

"This is a targeted attack that happened after a series of intensified, amplified surveillance at camp over the last 3 months under the new Trump administration", she said.

FILE-In this August 5, 2010, file photo, No More Deaths volunteer Katie Maloney checks water jugs at the group's camp before heading out to supply water stations for illegal immigrants near Arivaca, Ariz., about 13 miles north of Mexico.

"We do believe in saving lives and we have multiple resources such as the rescue beacon towers", Paco said.

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