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Watchdog groups noting increase in border crossings

The Department of Homeland Security is dealing with a surge in the number of illegal immigrants trying to cross the border.

Earlier this week, the department transferred 150 agents — dozens of them from Arizona to Texas — to help process the number of Central American families and minors crossing the U.S. border.

Here in Arizona, civilian watchdog groups say the numbers also appear to be on the rise. The Yuma sector has been hit especially hard with an increase in the number of Central Americans illegally trying to cross the border.

Mike Presnell, the director of Border Narcotics Intelligence, said his members were also seeing the increase firsthand.

“It’s a mess. ICE is overwhelmed, the federal agencies are overwhelmed,” he said. – READ MORE