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28243: Hermantin(News46 migrants rounded up after landing (fwd)
From: leonie hermantin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted on Sat, Apr. 08, 2006
HILLSBORO BEACH | TALE OF DAYS AT SEA
46 migrants rounded up after landing
A group of 46 mostly Haitian migrants was found after having washed ashore in
Hillsboro Beach and was quickly taken into custody.
BY DARRAN SIMON
The dream of living in America was dashed Friday for 46 migrants, mostly
Haitians, who came ashore at dawn in Hillsboro Beach, and were quickly rounded
up by police.
Leaving a seaworthy 45-foot fishing boat beached in the sand, the men, women
and two children fanned out on the streets of the small Northeast Broward city.
A Hillsboro Beach officer noticed two men walking along A1A about 6:30 a.m.
They had ''Haitian accents and broken English,'' and said they had just gotten
off a boat, said Hillsboro Police Chief John Ballard.
Officers chased down the migrants on the beach and between buildings, even
finding one man hiding under a truck, Ballard said.
''I don't know that we got them all,'' he said.
Speaking through a maintenance worker at the Hillsboro Beach Police station who
translated for them, they told police they had spent four days at sea.
''They said they were thirsty. They were hungry,'' said translator Joseph
One woman, who said she is three months pregnant, complained of being dizzy,
Lodius said, but felt better after a drink of water.
None needed medical attention.
But U.S. Border Patrol officials aren't convinced that the group -- 44
Haitians, one Cuban and one Jamaican national -- spent so much time at sea.
''It's apparent this is a smuggling venture,'' said Steve McDonald, a spokesman
with the U.S. Border Patrol.
``Smugglers will coach the smuggled aliens to say that it took longer for them
to get there . . . anything to deflect suspicion.''
Under normal conditions, a boat ride from Haiti could take about 36 hours,
according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Seven Haitians came ashore on Hillsboro Beach Jan. 1 and were taken into
custody, said McDonald.
In most cases, Haitians who arrive in the country illegally are sent back. The
Jamaican migrant also could be sent back. The Cuban man is eligible to stay in
the United States and apply for residency after a year.
After several hours at the Hillsboro Beach station Friday, the newcomers were
loaded onto a bus and hauled to a Border Patrol station in Pembroke Pines for
further questioning -- except for one man who was removed from the bus in
handcuffs before it left the station.
The reason for his detention was unclear.
McDonald had no information on the origin of the boat, which had an expired
Lee Pfeiffer, a Louisville, Ky. resident vacationing in South Florida, said he
saw police helicopters hovering early Friday morning.
''I put a big zoom lens on my camera and I saw this boat washed ashore,''
Pfeiffer told WFOR CBS-4, The Miami Herald's news partner. ``Looked like just a
McDonald said officials are trying to locate the boat captain.
''We don't know if he is among the group or if he is elsewhere,'' said
McDonald, the Border Patrol spokesman.
Herald writers Jasmine Kripalani and Stephanie Chen contributed to this report.