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Incoming Illegals Hit Shore During Model Shoot

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By    |   Monday, 27 Jul 2015 07:06 PM

A brazen dash onto a Florida beach by illegal immigrants was inadvertently caught on videotape during a Miami Beach fashion shoot — reportedly providing damning evidence of a spike in maritime smuggling along the coast.

According to the New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Ekaterina Juskowski was filming a video of her friend, a model, on July 10 when she noticed a boat in the background coming onto the shore, photo-bombing her shoot.

"They are ruining my video," she thought, the newspaper reports. But Juskowski turned her camera back on when about nine men jumped off and ran across the sand and straight into the heart of Miami Beach, leaving their empty boat bobbing in the surf.

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"That's a testament to how confident these organizations are — what we call transnational criminal organizations — who smuggle criminals and narcotics right onto the beach," U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson Frank Miller told the newspaper.

"There has been an increase in known maritime smuggling in Florida — from Key West all along the Florida coast — from fiscal year 2014 to now," he added.

According to U.S. Border Patrol figures, there were 2,034 illegal immigrants apprehended by the Miami sector in 2014, with 3,942 coastal boarder apprehensions.

Coast Guard figures for 2014 were 3,587. Most were from Cuba (2,111), Haiti (1,103), the Dominican Republic (293), Mexico (48) and another 32 were from "other" countries.

The New Times reports that migration is believed by some experts to be driven by organized trafficking rings that gather up people from the Bahamas, Jamaica, or Haiti to the Florida coast, and then coordinate with those living in the area to help them get settled.

But Miller told the newspaper the Florida coastline is so vast that "it's impossible to cover with just Border Patrol agents," but that even with the help of the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies "it's difficult to get a solid level of situational awareness on what's coming in."

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A brazen dash onto a Florida beach by illegal immigrants was inadvertently caught on videotape during a Miami Beach fashion shoot - reportedly providing damning evidence of a spike in maritime smuggling along the coast.
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