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21 migrants arrested near Haulover Park

Authorities say at least 21 people (including men, women and children) were taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A group of 21 migrants from Haiti — including men, women and children — were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday.

Cell phone video from Wednesday morning shows some of the people being dropped off on the beach near Miami-Dade’s Haulover Park by a boat that turned around to speed off again.

“Earlier this morning, U.S. Border Patrol Agents along with state and federal partner agencies responded to a maritime smuggling event in Sunny Isles,” a CBP spokesman said in a statement. “After an extensive search of the area, Border Patrol Agents arrested 21 Haitian migrants. The migrants will be interviewed and processed for removal proceedings. The investigation regarding this incident is still ongoing.”

Sunny Isles and Miami-Dade police also responded.

Sky 10 flew overhead, showing some of the migrants sitting on a bench as law enforcement stood around them.

According to law enforcement, all of the migrants were healthy, although a pregnant woman was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

It’s unclear if anyone got away, or if everyone on that boat is now in custody.

CBP asks residents to report any suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol by calling 800-232-5378.


About the Author:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.