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Yuma BP agents apprehended 654 people in 2 days

In two days, 654 people surrendered themselves to Yuma-area Border Patrol agents, including a group of Guatemalans who waded across the Colorado River and walked around vehicle barriers, authorities said. 

Around 8:30 p.m., Monday night, a group of 55 people waded across the Colorado River and turned themselves in to agents, said Justin Kallinger, a Border Patrol spokesman. 

In video released by the agency, a group of women and children walk along the alluvial sand to a waiting Border Patrol truck and a bus, ready to take them to the nearby station. 

Most of the people were traveling from Guatemala, and were either in family units or were unaccompanied children, Kallinger said. They were one of several groups that recently entered the U.S. in the Yuma Sector. 

They are not believed to be "associated with the large caravan being monitored traveling through Mexico at this time," Kallinger said, referring to the exodus of people who have traveled through southern Mexico almost entirely on foot after leaving Honduras. 

The area lacks the infrastructure that would "deter pedestrian entries," Kallinger said. 

Last week, Yuma Sector agents reported that in 48 hours, 449 people surrendered to agents.  

Like previous groups, after their apprehension the families asked for asylum, and will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an official said. 

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CBP officials reported that in October, agents apprehended 2,625 people traveling as families and 437 people traveling as unaccompanied minors. 

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An infrared camera in the Yuma Sector shows a group of women and children walking up and surrendering themselves to Border Patrol agents on Monday night.