Spike in Illegal Immigration of Families and Children

YUMA,Ariz. –  The statistics for August 2015 apprehensions by Yuma Border Patrol show a huge spike in numbers when compared to August 2014. Border Patrol says, last month they saw a 130 percent increase in the number of families stopped, as well as a 170% increase in the number of unaccompanied children.

Most of the those caught were from Guatemala followed by Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico respectively.  Agents say to try and combat the recent spike they launched a campaign called “Conozca los hechos”. The 30 second radio and TV ads warn people of the dangers of crossing.

The White House says they are aware of the recent spike in illegal immigration and call it a “surprising uptick”.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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