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Authorities arrest more than 110 Central Americans who scaled Arizona border wall


A smuggler aided the group of Central Americans who crossed illegally into the US from Mexico

Image source: CBP Arizona video screenshot

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested more than 110 illegal immigrants who scaled a border wall earlier this week near Yuma, Arizona.

What's the story?

A human smuggler with a ladder assisted the group of Central Americans who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"On Monday #CBP #YumaSector Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 110+ Central Americans who illegally scaled the wall with the assistance of a smuggler with a ladder," CBP Arizona tweeted Wednesday.

In the CBP's video posted on Twitter, the smuggler can be spotted running away from the border with what appears to be a ladder in tow.

The group surrendered to Border Patrol officials who took them into federal custody, according to the Daily Mail.

The arrests come just one week after smugglers helped 376 migrants tunnel illegally underneath the wall near the same location. There were 179 children in the group, including 30 unaccompanied minors.

What else?

Border Patrol agents are among the 800,000 federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown, which began Dec. 22.

The agents are considered essential workers and must report to duty despite not being paid while the standoff between the government's two political parties drags on.

Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tweeted his gratitude for the dedication of the agency's workers.

"CBP Team: No major increase in sick calls. You are remarkable professionals. Thank you and your families for your strength and patience. As you work to protect others, we are pushing for a solution," he wrote Wednesday.

The partial government shutdown is now in its 34th day as the stalemate continues between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Donald Trump over funds for Trump's border wall.

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