A group of 103 clandestine Central Americans – including 81 Guatemalans and 22 Hondurans, including 59 minors – was arrested Monday morning in the west of Lukeville, Arizona, according to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The US Border Patrol, a branch of the CBP, said officers using mobile surveillance technology discovered the group, aged 1 to 56, "as they crossed the post-and-rail anti-vehicle barrier that delineates the US-Mexico border.
It is unclear what causes a sudden surge in speed in large groups of isolated areas trying to cross the border, but families, many of whom are Central American asylum seekers, make up a percentage significant and growing arrests at the border, the authorities said.
"In recent months, border patrol agents have seen an alarming increase in the number of large families crossing the border illegally under the direction of smugglers," CBP said in a statement. "Transnational criminal organizations exploit the vulnerability of family groups with false promises of legal status and encourage dangerous border crossings, putting lives at risk."
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At the same time, the latest construction project of a border wall of the Trump administration intervened three days after the emergency declaration by President Trump. The American Civil Liberties Union filed Tuesday the fourth legal challenge to the declaration of urgency.
A group of 16 states, including California, New York and Colorado, filed a lawsuit Monday against Trump 's emergency declaration for the construction of the proposed border wall. The complaint, filed in the US District Court in the Northern District of California, alleges that Trump's statement is unconstitutional. All states involved in the prosecution have Democratic attorneys general.
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Trump inherited barriers covering about a third of the border. His administration awarded $ 1 billion in contracts covering 97 miles, with the vast majority of work being done to replace existing barriers. Work on the first extension of the barrier is expected to begin later this month, 14 miles in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Associated Press contributed to this report.