YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a group of 11 Iranian citizens who illegally crossed the border into the United States the evening of Feb. 1.
Border Patrol agents encountered the group near San Luis, Arizona, on a bridge near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal at about 6 p.m. Agents determined the group had illegally crossed the international border into the U.S. The group was. The five females and six males, all from Iran, arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing. Iran is considered “a Special Interest Country.”
For the last two fiscal years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have led the nation in apprehending illegal crossers from Iran. Yuma Sector agents apprehended eight Iranian nationals in FY2020, compared to just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined. So far in FY2021, Yuma Sector agents have apprehend 14 nationals from Iran, Customs and Border Patrol reported.