Border Patrol responds to large group of immigrants in Arizona desert

Published: Jun. 23, 2018 at 2:30 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 23, 2018 at 7:38 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Border Patrol agents arrested a group of more than 50 illegal immigrants, including a pregnant woman, Friday afternoon west of Lukeville, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Agents stationed in Ajo responded to the area after a call from the 9-1-1 center in Sonora, Mexico. The call came from some people in the group asking for help, according to the release.  

It stated agents from CBP Air and Marine Operations assisted Border Patrol agents. They found  21 adults, 36 children, 17 of which were unaccompanied, including a one-year-old toddler. The group consisted of people from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to CBP.  

The release stated several appeared to be dehydrated, but only one person needed further medical attention. An underage pregnant woman received IV fluids by Border Patrol EMT's. She was transported to a local  hospital for additional treatment.

 Everyone was provided food and water then moved to Ajo Station for processing, according to CBP. Temperatures in the desert at that time of day were 108 degrees.