Agents Intercept Smuggling Boats
AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 24: Supervisory U.S. Border Patrol agent Xavier Morales walks the beach as he prepares to look at the remains of a small boat that brought illegal migrants from the Dominican Republic to the beach April 24, 2004 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. A record number of migrants from the Dominican Republic are trying to illegally enter the United States through Puerto Rico. The total number of unlawful migrants attempting to enter Puerto Rico during the 2004 fiscal year is 5,756 as apposed to a total of 3, 477 for all of the 2003 fiscal year. Due to a sagging economy, rising cost of living and high unemployment people are fleeing the Dominican Republic in search of a better life. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Customs and Border Protection officials have arrested 31 illegal immigrants who were smuggled into the U.S. in two separate boats.
The first boat, a fishing panga, crossed the international boundary heading north early Monday morning and came ashore near the mouth of the Tijuana River.
Agents arrested 11 Mexican citizens and 1 Honduran on shore, while the boat returned to Mexican waters.
A couple of hours later, another panga boat dropped 17 people off on a Camp Pendleton Marine Base beach. Thirteen men and four women headed toward the cliffs nearby but agents intercepted them.
The Mexican citizens were arrested.
Published at 9:54 AM PST on Feb 8, 2011
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