A boat believed to be smuggling people into the United States capsized off the coast of San Diego on Sunday morning, leaving three people dead and 27 others injured. Although smuggling at sea is not a new trend, Sunday’s tragedy sheds new light on the border crisis and is likely to put more pressure on the White House with the latest record numbers of illegal crossings.
Local and federal authorities are confident that this is another mission to smuggle migrants into the United States by sea.
The US Customs and Border Patrol said it had every reason to believe that this was human smuggling and that they had begun questioning the boat operator, who they said was the main smuggler.
“The man we consider to be the operator are agents with him and is the suspected smuggler, but the investigation is still ongoing,”
The operation comes just days after USBP chief agent Aaron Heitke said his agency would increase its patrols this weekend to help curb sea smuggling.
“We had more resources in the water to ban ships like this and we announced it in advance to try to deter as much as possible, to try to send a message to the smugglers,” Stevenson told a news conference on Sunday.
The 40-foot cabin cruiser carrying 30 people capsized on Sunday morning off the coast of Point Loma, according to KTLA. Rescue crews arrived on the scene and found that the boat was “basically torn,” according to San Diego Lieutenant Rick Romero.
Rescuers, firefighters and rescue teams began arriving at the scene in boats and jets around 10 a.m. local time on Sunday, only to find the boat in ragged clothes and that it would be a more difficult rescue task on the harsh and rough peninsula.
“There are people in the water who are drowning, sucking out the tearing current there,” Romero said.
The area in which the boat maneuvered is in cubes with crushed wood and other debris in the broken water.
“It’s very rocky in this area of Point Loma. Probably the waves just hit the boat, breaking it,” said San Yego Fire and Rescue spokesman Jose Ysea.
Former President Donald Trump used the migrant crisis at the southern border as his rallying cry to help him be elected in 2016. As illegal border crossings collapsed towards the end of his administration, the new administration led by Joe Biden released some harsh tactics. the border. Since then, illegal border crossings have reached new heights.
In March this year, there were 172,331 meetings at the border, declining every month during the Trump administration. And this was only Biden’s second full month as president.
Biden has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to be in charge of the new migrant crisis. After her appointment, Harris was not on the southern border of the United States, which provoked serious criticism from Republicans, but also from the left.
Hawaiian Democratic Sen. Mazi Hirono said the border and migrant scenarios were a “crisis” and that the vice president should see it with his own eyes.
“I think the president calls it a crisis,” Hirono said. “I would call it a crisis. We can call it a challenge. But we know what the factors are. We know what’s going on. So whatever you call it, we’re going to have to deal with it. We have to deal with it in a humane way.”