National Guard Assists with Apprehension of 75 Migrants near Arizona Border

U.S. National Guard aircrews assist Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents in the arrest of 75 migrants in Arizona Desert. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)
(Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector

U.S. Army National Guard aircrews assigned to Operation Guardian Support helped Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector apprehend 75 migrants over the weekend.

National Guard aircrews operating UH-72 Lakota and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters assisted Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents in the apprehension of 75 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico over the weekend, according to Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials. The apprehensions took place in 10 separate incidents west of Tucson.

The Guardsmen operated the aircraft under Border Patrol support orders from President Donald Trump as part of Operation Guardian Support (OGS). The aircrews patrolled the region and located 10 separate groups of migrants. They then directed the ground-based Border Patrol agents to the locations of the migrant groups.

Officials said that on some occasions the aircrews landed their aircraft and Border Patrol agents onboard made the arrests.

Border Patrol officials said these groups of migrants were not attempting to surrender. “In stark contrast to the large groups of Central American family units surrendering in recent months, these persons were found north of the border in rugged, remote terrain and wearing camouflage clothing to avoid apprehension,” Tucson Sector officials said in a written statement.

“OGS personnel continue to serve as a valuable assets in the Border Patrol’s security mission. The National Guard provides assistance in multiple areas such as aerial support, road maintenance, fleet repair, camera surveillance, and infrastructure construction and repair.

Tucson Sector officials told Breitbart News in a phone interview on Tuesday that these migrants or more like the historical norm of migrants. In other words, mostly single males, no families or unaccompanied minors. The migrants who came to the U.S. from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru were attempting to avoid detection and apprehension, officials said.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with additional information received from Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials.

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