Larger groups seen crossing border as overall arrests drop

Bob Torrez  ZUMA Press  Newscom

Bob Torrez ZUMA Press Newscom

CBP said it would release more information about the shooting.

U.S. Border Patrol agents took another large group of migrants into custody Friday morning near the remote Antelope Wells border crossing in southwest New Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement to the AP that the additional layers of concertina wire were added on government property following a request for additional assistance.

A port of entry along the southern border has been shut down after a Border Patrol officer shot and killed a driver.

Just how unsafe these crossings can be was highlighted in December when a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died in US custody after she and her father crossed in a large group in a remote area of New Mexico.

"The council's action came one day after President Donald Trump made his case to the American people about the need for a border wall and how he has ordered 3,750 troops to prepare for what he called a 'tremendous onslaught'". It was the second straight monthly decline, though arrests typically fall from December to January.

Families and children traveling alone accounted for about 6 of every 10 stopped, mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Apparently the City Council doesn't understand that contra wire is supposed to deter people from climbing the border wall and illegally crossing into the United States. Customs and Border Protection says medical attention was needed about 12,000 times for border crossers in the 12-month period ending September 30.

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