At 6 am on July 10, Ekaterina Juskowski headed to Miami Beach to film her unnamed friend walk around in a sequined dress. Then, something happened that neither of the women saw coming…
According to Daily Mail, Juskowski was filming her friend when she noticed a boat approaching the shore. Thinking the boat was full of scuba divers, she stopped the video, but she quickly realized that the boat was actually carrying nine illegal immigrants who were rushing to shore.
When she saw the men abandon their boat and run for the beach, she turned her camera back on.
“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,” said U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson Frank Miller. “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.”
Juskowski, who came here from Russia for college when she was 18, said that seeing the illegals put her own experiences into perspective.
“As controversial as the problem of illegal immigration can be for many of us, it is important to remember that people come here in search of the better life, and it comes at a very high price of great courage, hard work, and loneliness,” she said. “I got to know America as a country with a big heart. While I trust it to the U.S. government to work out the policies on improving the immigration laws, it feels natural to stay compassionate and understanding on a personal level.”
Miller told the press that the Florida coastline is so large that “it’s impossible to cover with just Border Patrol agents,” so they’ve teamed up with the Coast Guard to fix this problem. Even with this, Miller acknowledged that, “it’s difficult to get a solid level of situational awareness on what’s coming in.”
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