Boat drops 17 undocumented immigrants at Hillsboro Beach, say police – Sun Sentinel

209445-haitian-migrantsAfter being smuggled by boat to the shores of Hillsboro Beach before dawn, 17 immigrants, most Haitian, were taken into custody on Sunday.

The smuggler, who picked up the immigrants in the Bahamas, quickly escaped before U.S. authorities could intercept him, said Frank Miller, operations officer for the Miami Sector Headquarters of the U.S. Border Patrol.

“We believe the suspected smuggler made it back to the Bahamas after he dropped off the immigrants,” he said.

Among the group were eight men, seven females and two boys, ages 2 and 10, both accompanied by their parents. While 15 were from Haiti, one man was from Jamaica and one woman was from Ecuador. All were believed to be undocumented. None needed medical attention.

“They all appear to be in good health,” said Lt. James Pugliese of the Hillsboro Beach Police. via – Sun Sentinel


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