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US agents: 103 Central Americans surrender at Arizona border

February 20, 2019

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have detained 103 Central American migrants in Arizona just north of the border with Mexico.

The agency said Tuesday it encountered the group early Monday west of the Lukeville crossing south of Tucson.

It says the group was comprised of 81 Guatemalans and 22 Hondurans and included 59 minors.

The migrants ranged in age from 1 to 56 years and there were eight children traveling without adult relatives.

Border agents say they have seen an alarming increase in large groups of migrants traveling in families and being left north of the U.S. border in remote, sometimes dangerous areas of Arizona and New Mexico.

The families generally seek out U.S. agents to surrender and request asylum or some other form of humanitarian protection.