Border patrol nabs 197 immigrants, mostly kids, near border

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Asylum-seeking migrants make their way back to a makeshift migrant camp on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry after being denied entry to the United States on July 22, 2021 in Tijuana, Mexico.
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Border Patrol agents intercepted a group of nearly 200 immigrants in Arizona near the Mexican border — 147 of them children.

The immigrants were taken into custody near San Miguel about five miles from the border around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, US Customs and Border Protection officials said in a release.

The children were mostly unaccompanied and from Guatemala, the agency said.

The group had illegally crossed the border, according to authorities.

The incident came two days after another caravan of 48 immigrants was halted near Sasabe, Arizona, with 39 of those minors between the ages of 5 and 17 — and 27 of them from Guatemala.

Mexican National Guard soldiers walk past a makeshift camp of asylum-seeking migrants on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry on July 20, 2021 in Tijuana, Mexico. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Both groups were taken to the border patrol’s Tucson Sector processing center, according to the release.

By the end of June, more than 13,600 unaccompanied migrant children had been seized after illegally crossing the border this year — a 189-percent increase over last year.

Officials in the Tucson office did not immediately respond to a request from The Post on Thursday for comment and additional details.

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