How border control slows illegal entry into country through Arizona

LAS VEGAS - San Luis, Arizona is one of the few areas along the international border with Mexico that has triple layered-fencing.  But there is a discontinuous physical barrier for hundreds and hundreds of miles to the west and east of Las Vegas.

The 20-feet tall fence in San Luis, Arizona has two layers that are steel-mesh. The third layer is a shorter chain link barrier.

The fence was placed in this particular area of San Luis, Arizona because there are homes located on both sides of the border, making it easier for immigrants to hide or sneak in undetected.

The region is under surveillance by the Yuma Sector Border Patrol, which also operates in parts of California and Nevada, including at McCarran International Airport.

While the fence serves as one layer of border protection, agents say they also rely on technology and manpower to detect illegal crossings and even drug smuggling.  Especially, in areas where there are gaps between the fence.

Apprehensions by Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents hit its peak in 2005 when more than 138,000 immigrants were arrested. However, the number has significantly decreased in the last decade.

Just last fiscal year, agents patrolling the area arrested just over 14,000 immigrants.


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