Friday, December 22, 2006

Illegal Immigrants Seen Hiding In Trees
Residents living in a neighborhood near Yarbrough close to the border said it's not usual to see illegal immigrants running through their streets.

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"Illegals are crossing, they cross and then you see the border patrol and you like 'hey you're too late, they're already gone'," said Gloria Vasquez, from the Lower Valley.

But what residents are noticing is that border-crossers are not getting away quicker, they're just finding new ways of hiding.

"There was one right there, a person right here, and a person right here and they were like acrobats just clinging to the tree," said Eddie Valdez from the Lower Valley.

Eddie Valdez said he recently saw three illegal immigrants hanging onto the branches of his tree right outside his bedroom window.

"I saw the border patrol SUVs and like some agents getting off and making sure that they actually saw someone," Valdez said.

Valdez said he believes this type of situation is happening more and more and that illegal immigrants are just finding more creative ways to hide themselves.

Before residents said illegal immigrants would hide underneath vehicles or inside of a flatbed truck. But finding them hiding in trees has them concerned because they believe more illegal activity is happening inside their neighborhood, even though border patrol said that's not the case.

"I think since the start of the fiscal year the apprehensions are down you know as much as 40 percent across the board... in the El Paso sector," said Doug Mosier, Spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol.

In fact border patrol said it believes their increase of manpower along with more technology, like better cameras, has helped keep illegal immigrants from trying to cross the border.

But, residents like Valdez disagree, which is why he has gotten a dog to warn him if their is something going on in his yard.

Again border patrol KFOX that they have seen fewer crossings at the border highway area.

But, they are asking residents that if they notice illegal activity in their neighborhood to please call them and that they will send a border patrol agent out immediately.

Residents said they usually see illegal immigrants at night around their homes and that they usually don't report this activity because they believe by the time border patrol arrives, the illegal immigrants will be gone.