Border Patrol Conducting Enforcement Push at Las Vegas Airport

About 100 people were detained in the first three days of stepped-up patrols by federal agents looking for illegal immigrants at McCarran Airport, an agent said Tuesday.

The enforcement push began Saturday and was expected to continue
for several more days at the Las Vegas airport, said Agent Eric Anderson, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol regional office in
Yuma, Ariz. It involved more than a dozen uniformed and undercover
agents.

Anderson and an airport spokesman reported no injuries or resistance from people detained during the second enforcement operation this year at McCarran, the nation's sixth-busiest airport by passenger traffic.

A similar operation at McCarran in January resulted in more than 200 arrests. Anderson said he had no information on the outcome of immigration proceedings in those cases.

An official with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's Western regional office in Laguna Niguel, Calif., did not immediately respond to questions about the McCarran enforcement operation.

The Border Patrol office in Yuma administers 125 miles of international border, part of southwest Arizona, California and the state of Nevada.

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