Larger groups seen crossing border as overall arrests drop

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The group was spotted west of Lukeville by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter sent to investigate a possible campfire seen on a surveillance camera.

The Central Americans told Border Patrol agents that they were dropped off by buses and trucks overnight on Mexico's Federal Highway 2, which parallels the US border nearby.

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CBP said it would release more information later Friday, but additional details had not been released by mid-afternoon. There were almost 150 children, including 32 who were traveling alone.

Garino said the man was shot by officers after reportedly trying to run over the agent.

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As Tuscon.com notes, "The council's action came one day after President Donald Trump made his case to the American people about the need for a border wall and how he has ordered 3,750 troops to prepare for what he called a 'tremendous onslaught'". The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.

The 290 migrants included people from Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras. The agencies issued an update about an hour later stating the crossing had been reopened. The impasse led to a five-week partial government shutdown that ended when Trump agreed to reopen the government until February 15. Customs and Border Protection says medical attention was needed about 12,000 times for border crossers in the 12-month period ending September 30.

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The group illegally entered the country through an area where there is a vehicle barrier created to prevent such crossings.

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