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Maine border patrol agents assisting at Southwest border

CORRECTION: Border Patrol did not specify how many agents are being redeployed from Maine. More than 300 total agents nationally are being redeployed.

MAINE, USA — Customs and Border Patrol Control agents from Maine have deployed to assist at the Southwest Border due to the increase in traffic there.

According to NBC News, more than 18,500 unaccompanied children crossed the border in March. This is 60% more than the previous record high in May 2019.

Customs and Border Patrol Spokesperson, Mike Niezgoda said in a statement: "CBP seeks to deter and disrupt human smuggling activities by transnational criminal organizations and ensure our personnel are properly equipped to maintain border security."

He added that he couldn't share specific numbers and percentages of the agents deployed but said they were primarily from Northern and Coastal sectors.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.