Yuma Sector

Two Migrants Found Dead in Arizona Desert near Border

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents recovered the bodies of two migrants who succumbed to the heat of the Arizona desert after being smuggled across the border from Mexico. One of the migrants died this week, while the second had been dead for two weeks.

CBP Aircrew rescues a group of migrants who became dehydrated in the Arizona desert. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Yuma Sector)

WATCH: Border Patrol Agents Recall Tragic Migrant Rescue Attempts

Border Patrol agents in two separate sectors along the southwest border with Mexico recalled the tragic details of rescue attempts where migrants died. Both stories detail the anguish felt by the agents who, despite their own efforts and putting their own lives at risk, were unable to save the lives of these migrants.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents rescued numerous migrants from freezing conditions near the Texas border. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Big Bend Sector)

Migrant Boy Collapses from Heat After Arizona Border Crossing

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents saved the life of an 11-year-old boy after he collapsed in the desert on the morning of May 11. The boy was with a group of five migrants who illegally crossed the border near the Tinajas Atlas Mountains southeast of Yuma, Arizona.

Welton Border Patrol Station agents rescued an 11-year-old migrant child after he collapsed in the Arizona desert. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Yuma Sector)

Fake Migrant Family Units Found in Arizona Desert near Border

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents identified two fraudulent family units while processing large groups of migrants illegally crossing the border from Mexico. One incident involved a man carrying a young girl he claimed was his daughter. The second involved a woman claiming to be the mother of a teen girl.

Yuma Sector agents apprehend large groups of migrants crossing unsecured border. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Yuma Sector)

‘Most Sophisticated’ Cartel Smuggling Tunnel Found Under Arizona Border

Federal officials called a cartel-connected smuggling tunnel under the Arizona-Mexico border “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history.” The 1,300-foot structure stretched from a neighborhood in San Luis, Mexico, to its destination in San Luis, Arizona. Officials detected the tunnel prior to its completion, officials said.

Border Patrol and HSI agents discover the "most sophisticated" smuggling tunnel in U.S. history near San Luis, Arizona, in July 2020. (Photos: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Border Patrol Busts Snag 5 Smugglers, 24 Migrants

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents interdicted multiple human smuggling attempts leading to the arrest of five alleged human smugglers and 24 migrants. The arrests occurred between July 9-12 in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California.

Border Patrol agents disrupt multiple human smuggling incidents in Arizona and California. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Yuma Sector)