Fifteen illegal immigrants found off Santa Barbara coast

July 12, 2011

Santa Cruz Island

Fifteen illegal immigrants were plucked off of Santa Cruz Island Sunday after being stranded and calling 9-1-1 for assistance. [LA Times]

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Park Service searched the islands off of Santa Barbara last weekend before coming across the group of famished Mexican immigrants.

“They were stranded and couldn’t get to the mainland,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers said Monday. “It was a situation where they chose life over the possible ramifications of making that phone call.”

Smugglers increasingly are ferrying illegal immigrants — and drugs — by sea to Southern California. But in an effort to evade dragnets close to the San Diego-Mexico border, they have traveled farther north.

Boats leaving Mexican waters often head 100 miles out to sea before turning north, putting them on the west side of the Channel Islands, said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s homeland security investigations.

The goal is to get to the mainland, Arnold said. But when smugglers encounter engine trouble or believe the risk of being discovered is too great, they sometimes land on the islands.

It was unclear whether the 14 men and one woman were abandoned by a smuggler, or whether problems with a boat caused them to be stranded on the island. No damaged boat was found, nor evidence that one had sunk. Officials also did not know whether any smugglers were among the group.

The immigrants were turned over to the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol before being transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They will be subject to deportation, , but some could stay in the country longer if they are needed as witnesses against the smugglers.


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20 Comments

  1. justme says:

    Forget any immigration slowdown until Latinos get tired of it after they can’t find jobs in 25 yrs. That’s after 70-75% of Ca. population speaks Spanish.
    Business paid Congress to neutralize border control. Anglos don’t procreate as required for the pop. increases mandatory for economic growth. So you get them here and take care of them. They’re gold.
    Shame on…… fill in the blank.

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    • azuresees says:

      Glad to see that Anglos are the ones exploiting them…That’s reassuring…God knows no one else would! Especially those snow white aryan coyotes that extort, rape and burden those crossers at the border ON BOTH SIDES…

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  2. oxforduniversity says:

    And they are ending up here in San Luis Obispo working for cleaning companies, carpet cleaning companies you name it. Even the City & Country are providing work for vendors on finding the lowest bid contracts and ask nothing on the people doing the work. Because we keep asking for cheap we got them coming in because of the demand of cheap labor. They know they have free health care here, they know all banks will give them a checking accounts, they know they can enroll into Cuesta College, Cal Poly & especially Allan Handcock college for free and deported or not, they know they will be treated fairly and if not, they can call any Latino Organization or any ACLU on unfairness and sue us.

    I mean former Mexican president Vicente Fox was giving his people pamplets how to get into the United States illegally and to get into the system. Why because he knew they would get work over here and he knew they would send their money made here back to Mexico. Just think the ACLA that we pay with our tax dollars to be an organization in our country and they backstab Americans defending illegal immigrants stealing from our country. Too

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  3. my2cents says:

    Your tax dollars at work!!!!!!!!!!

    LET’S SEE IF I GOT THIS CORRECT?
    RE: 3 American Hikers Recently In The NEWS
    ——————————————————————-

    IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER
    ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

    IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER
    ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

    IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER
    ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

    IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER
    ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

    IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER
    ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

    IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU
    WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

    IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY
    YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

    IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET !
    A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE,
    SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE,

    FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS,
    SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,

    FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE,
    A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE

    THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU
    PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT

    AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.

    I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE “SITUATION”!

    PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING……FORWARD TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY

    IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA !

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    • easymoney says:

      Home run 2cents…
      It’s time for our legislators to do their job and seal the borders, round up the illegals already here for shipping home, dish out serious punishment to those hiring them and take away all the free handouts.
      If it not comfortable nor profitable for them to come here, they won’t…

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    • Typoqueen says:

      I get it, you think we should be like third world countries, you think (and I use that term loosely) that we should follow the principles/laws of No. Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Venezuela and Cuba perhaps you should consider moving to one of those countries. To top if off, you don’t feel that people in this country (home of the free) should have the right to fly any flag except ours,,how very tea baggish of you. Personally I’d like to think that we are more fair, more human and more civilized than those countries. You’re entitled to believe in what you want but don’t forget that in your fav. countries that your not entitled to your opinion. Typical.

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      • easymoney says:

        Typo, how about putting your money where your mouth is.Why not invite all 15 trespassers into your home and care for them…
        I believe this is the greatest country on earth and we have laws for a reason, they seperate us from the rest of the world…

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        • Typoqueen says:

          @easy, I didn’t say that we should invite them here. We should have laws that we can enforce or they’re worthless. We can’t enforce the laws regarding illegal immigration until we close down the border. But we still should be civilized and not treat these people as if they are animals or how they would be treated in Afghanistan or those other countries as 2cents would like us to. What do you want to do, throw them in prison for 10 years or even kill them as some of those other countries would do?

          @danika, actually the term ‘3rd world country’ is obsolete and useless. I’m sorry that the meaning of my post was lost on you. You like the way China administers justice then fine that’s your opinion but I hope that the majority of people don’t agree with you.

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          • easymoney says:

            If I’m not mistaken we already have plenty of laws dictating who and how to enter this country legally. And because the agencies tasked with that border enforcement, immigration and naturalization processes are clearly not doing their jobs the lure is there for anyone to take advantage of.
            IMHO, we are the most humane and civilized nation on earth and treat these “uninvited guests” better than the criminals they really are.
            What I want to see is an enforced closed border, a program to send anyone not legally here back where they came from including all those in jail or born here as anchor babies, very serious penalties for employers who hire illegals and a complete overhaul of our immigration system, our social handout process and the eliminating of all the free handouts.
            It’s very simple, yet will never happen because politicians are involved, business is allowed to continue to utilize this cheap illegal labor and there is no accountability what so ever.
            I am as compassionate as the next person, yet have gotten sick and tired of this entrte system and how it is ruining and bankrupting our state and nation.

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            • Typoqueen says:

              I agree like most that the border issue needs addressing. We need to close the borders. But in reality we can’t send back all the illegal immigrants that are here, it just won’t happen and even the political cons acknowledge that it won’t happen.

              I hate it when I hear people like you say things like ‘treat them like the criminals that they really are’. Yes, coming here illegally is against the law but if I were in thier (most) situations I would do the same thing. These people risk their lives to leave a corrupt and dangerous country to make money to feed thier families. The people that come here from So. America cross thousands of miles, many by foot and many are honest hard workers that end up dead in the desert. Most of them work they don’t sit back and get welfare. Yes, we need to stop them but we also need some understanding and compassion. Wouldn’t you do whatever it took to take care of your family even if it meant breaking the law? I mean it, wouldn’t you break the law if meant feeding your children?

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              • easymoney says:

                Typo, you need to watch the video Robert1 posted down below on numberusa.com:

                http://www.numbersusa.com/content/resources/video/educational/immigration-world-poverty-and-gumballs-updated-2010.html

                It explains the mathematical situation in terms children and even politicians can understand. It is all about numbers and we cannot continue taking in the worlds castoff peoples or according to the video, sometimes the best and brightest their countries have to offer. The only way they are going to change the poverty and inhuman conditions, is stay home and build a better nation for themselves and their peoples.

                And here is my eact quote
                “:IMHO, we are the most humane and civilized nation on earth and treat these “uninvited guests” better than the criminals they really are.”

                They are breaking the law every single day they are here and yes we do treat them very well, despite that fact.
                And today in the USA we are facing some of the worst economic times since the great depression and some of the worst social engineering by our government. I plan on staying right here in the very state I was born in to do all I can to change those things before it gets any worse. I plan on voting in order to assure my children and their children are not shouldered with the outrageous debt the POTUS seems to think is just fine and to vote to change our tax laws in order to prevent anymore businesses from leaving California so my children might find a job some day, and lastly I plan on standing up against those who come here illegally and to welcome those who follow the rules and our laws in order to become legal American citizens…

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                • Typoqueen says:

                  ” It is all about numbers and we cannot continue taking in the worlds castoff peoples”

                  You are selectively reading the parts of my posts that fit what you want them to. I never said that we should continue to allow people to cross our borders illegally. I have advocated just the opposite. I have posted over and over about putting our military on the borders. Where I disagree with you is that we should go up and down the streets dragging them from their homes and schools and round up or anyone that fits the illegal profile. It just won’t work and it’s not reasonable. I also disagree with you on the fact that I believe that all human life is important and should be treated humanly. All children in this country need an education, we only hurt ourselves if we don’t provide health care and education. NOWHERE did I say that we should just let everyone in our country.

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      • danika says:

        Perhaps you have your own special definition of “3rd world country”. I don’t believe China fits in everyone elses…

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  4. r0y says:

    What’s this? No one has come in and pulled the “RACISM!!1!!1!” alarms? Wow, guess we should give it a day or two…

    Anyone else wonder how they made the call? The usual “needy” that stop by our church for handouts (we give food, clothing, etc.) often have cell phones. Kind of makes one wonder how “needy” some people really are.

    I will never stop giving, as long as I can, but I sure wish my government would stop. Let people help people, don’t rob from Peter to pay Paul, even if Paul is needy and illegally here (in this case).

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  5. Citizen says:

    As long as the US is lenient, they will continue to risk their lives to come here. There is a simple solution, jail them and deport them. Once we have a policy that discourages illegal immigration, then they will stop coming. There is no point wasting our time in trying to find the smugglers.

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  6. danika says:

    Let’s all welcome our nation’s newest non-citizens! Now they can be fed, sheltered, given jobs, education and invite others to join in on their winfall. I know I sound ridiculously jaded, but that is what will likely happen. If they have no history of criminal activity and California being a “sanctuary” state…it’s the taxpayers who will support these individuals now…

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