Migrant crossings overwhelm farmers near border towns

YUMA, Ariz.(NewsNation) - The number of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border illegally continues to overwhelm law enforcement and farmers, even as

Arizona is in the process of placing shipping containers in gaps between the border wall in Yuma. Curtis Griffen has been farming in Yuma for decades. He sees the crisis

firsthand as migrants cross through his fields every day, destroying crops and leaving behind trash that damages his machinery. "It's more than dollars and cents; it's

millions of dollars. You think of how many farmers are impacted across this border, it's not just me, there's several of us and we're all going through the same problems," Griffen

said. Student loan forgiveness announcement expected Wednesday The Yuma sector, historically one of the quieter spots along the border, has seen a nearly 250%

increase in migrant encounters this fiscal year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It's also been home to the notorious Yuma gap - portions of the border

wall left unfinished that migrants cross through. This week, the state of Arizona is putting the finishing touches on plugging the gaps with shipping containers.

"Something's got to be done; whether it's going to work remains to be seen," said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council. Judd is cautiously

optimistic but said this won't solve the whole problem. primarily because there are still large portions of the border in Arizona where the wall cannot be built because it's

reservation land. But, the hope is almost all crossings will not take place in those areas, making Border Patrol more effective and efficient at processing.