A caravan of over 120 illegal immigrants was greeted by Border Patrol agents in Arizona Friday.
The massive group was located west of the Lukeville port of entry in the southern part of the state.
“The group was comprised of adults and children, some as young as four years of age, and are from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico,” according to a press release put out by Customs and Border Protection.
“Several” members of the group had been previously deported, the agency notes.
Ajo #USBP agents encounter a large group of migrants left in the desert by unscrupulous smugglers who prey on vulnerable people. #CBP agents took everyone into custody, preventing a potentially dangerous situation in 100 degree heat. Details: https://t.co/pryLKo4jF2 pic.twitter.com/AAmXtTQktz
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) August 21, 2018
After agents processed the group at the Ajo Station, all of whom were determined to be in good health, ICE Enforcement Removal Operations assessed deportation options.
Agents suspect the caravan was escorted to the border crossing by “unscrupulous” smugglers who stayed on the Mexican side of the border.
The Border Patrol continues to issue warnings that human traffickers are endangering the lives of illegals when they smuggle people into the US during summer months, when temperatures in the Arizona desert exceed 120 degrees.
“CBP agents took everyone into custody, preventing a potentially dangerous situation in 100 degree heat,” the agency noted on Twitter.
This is the largest caravan of illegals since political activists Pueblo sin Fronteras organized a 1,500 member group last April which marched through Mexico to reach the US border, later releasing a list of demands for President Trump.