A Crowd of Illegal Immigrants Caught Near the Border - Tucson News Now

A Crowd of Illegal Immigrants Caught Near the Border

by Leasa Conze, KOLD News 13 at 5 Producer

It wasn't a handful of illegal immigrants this time. It was more like a swarm. 

Border patrol agents came across a group of 85 trekking through the desert, east of Douglas, Arizona February 13.

First the agents spotted fresh tracks along the Geronimo Trail and they began to follow them. Once they found the group, agents began to interview everyone.

All 85 people were male. They told agents they'd crossed in search of work because factories had recently closed in Mexico.

They also said they'd come across from Agua Prieta, Sonora over a 24-hour period, with guides who left them just before they were apprehended.

All 85 have been voluntarily returned to Mexico.

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