Before officials could capture them, more than 20 illegal immigrants were seen on camera entering a San Diego beach by boat early on Thursday morning and then fleeing into the streets of La Jolla.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports that at around 5:30 a.m., the Joint Harbor Operations Center alerted CBP law enforcement agents about "two suspicious vessels" bringing suspected illegal migrants towards Ocean Beach, and about two hours later, Windansea Beach.
However, when CBP Air and Marine and U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived, all they discovered were the abandoned boats. The migrants have left already.
In a response to The Epoch Times, CBP stated, "The vessel types and other nearby indicators are consistent with human smuggling." "A search is underway to locate the occupants of both vessels."
The Epoch Times was informed by Manny Bayon, a union representative with the National Border Patrol Council in San Diego, that he doubts the suspected illegal immigrants will ever be located or detained.
"They've left," he declared. "It resembles attempting to locate a needle in a haystack."
As the undocumented migrants flee from the beach, cross a roadway, and enter the town, San Diego lifeguards can be seen responding to the event on camera. One looks like a youngster who is being carried and dragged by an adult against their will.
If the U.S. Coast Guard had given them "a heads up like 'Hey we have a vessel coming across and it doesn't look like it's a fisherman out there lost at sea,'" Mr. Bayon said, the air and marine team might have been sent to the scene much more swiftly.
He remarked, "We could notify dispatch and have a helicopter respond within minutes if they were to tell us."
However, he added, the topic of illegal immigration has grown so divisive that even the Coast Guard is avoiding it.
"The U.S. Coast Guard could be of assistance, but they are unwilling to get involved because it is a political football," he remarked.
It's humorous, he remarked. "How is it that the U.S. Coast Guard in Florida is constantly intercepting Cuban and Dominican nationals at sea, while we in San Diego receive no assistance from them?"
Coyotes, or human smugglers, who operate for Mexican drug gangs are aware that their activities in San Diego beaches proceeded "unhindered."
He said that it "entices the smuggling organizations."
Given that coyotes may earn between $10,000 and $12,000 for each illegal immigrant they bring into the country, Mr. Bayon estimated that "with 20 you're looking at over $200,000 from one trip back to the cartel."