A caterpillar parks between fences at a reinforced section of the U.S.-Mexico border fencing eastern Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on Jan. 20, 2021. (Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images)
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its agents arrested a group of 11 Iranians who illegally entered the United States.
According to a news release from the agency, agents saw the group near San Luis, Arizona, on a bridge.
Border Patrol agents then “determined the group had illegally crossed the international border into the United States. The group was arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing,” according to the release. “The five females and six males are were [sic] all from Iran, a Special Interest Country.”
The agency said that Yuma Sector agents “regularly encounter people from all over the world,” including so-called “Special Interest Countries.”
“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 , compared to just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined. So far in , Yuma Sector agents have apprehend[ed] 14 nationals from Iran,” the agency said.