Yuma Sector BP agents arrest group of Iranians

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Guards arrested a group of 11 Iranian citizens who illegally crossed the border into the United States on Monday evening.

At around 6 p.m., BP agents met the group near San Luis, Arizona, on a bridge near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal. Agents discovered that the group had illegally crossed the international border into the United States. The group was arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing. The five women and six men are all from Iran, a country of particular interest.

Agents of the Yuma Sector regularly encounter people from all over the world, including countries with special interests. Agents make decisions about any arrest in accordance with laws and guidelines to secure our nation’s borders.

For the past two fiscal years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have led the nation in arresting illegal border crossers from Iran. Yuma Sector Agents arrested eight Iranian nationals in fiscal 2020, compared with just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined. So far, agents of the Yuma sector have arrested nationals from Iran in fiscal year 2021.

The main job of the Border Patrol is to prevent nefarious people and devices from entering the United States. Iran is a Designated Country of Special Interest, and the agents of the Yuma sector are working diligently to protect our borders for the security of our nation. Border security is national security.


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