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Guatemalan Child in USBP Custody Found to Have Measles

YUMA, Ariz. –A Guatemalan national in the custody of Yuma Sector Border Patrol was determined to have measles Wednesday evening.


The 8-year-old child and her father were part of a group of 39 subjects who illegally crossed the Colorado River together at County 9th Street near Yuma.


The group surrendered to Border Patrol agents who determined them to be illegal aliens from Guatemala and Honduras.  They were transported to the Yuma Station for processing and medical screenings where the 8-year-old was the only one determined to have measles. 


The child and her father were quarantined from the other detainees, and the Yuma County Health Department was notified per protocol. 


Illegal entry into the U.S. poses a number of risks. The arduous journey poses real risks to life and safety. Migrants are encouraged to immigrate legally through ports of entry, and warned putting their lives into the hands of transnational criminal organizations who profit from human smuggling is a dangerous decision.


Yuma Sector is currently more than double its recommended detention capacity with more than 1000 illegal aliens in custody.  Most of those in custody are family groups and unaccompanied minors from Central America. 


Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life. 


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