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DEL MAR, Calif. — Eight suspected illegal immigrants and three U.S. citizens were detained early Monday when a panga landed in Del Mar.

Border Patrol agents spotted the boat heading north off the coast of Torrey Pines about 1:30 a.m., and several people were caught shortly afterward while climbing up cliffs with flashlights near 11th Street in Del Mar, Border Patrol officials said.

The panga was seized and its navigator was taken into custody, according to Border Patrol Agent Steven Pitts. Two vehicles found nearby were seized also, he said.

The detainees were being questioned at the Border Patrol station. Pitts said it was unclear if they would be deported voluntarily, formally deported or if they would face charges based on each person’s criminal history.

“We have increased consequences for individuals apprehended in the maritime smuggling environment,” Pitts said. “Because the maritime environment, or the ocean if you will, is so dangerous and unpredictable, we’re trying to prevent people from losing their life.”

Pitts said the three U.S. citizens would face criminal charges related to maritime smuggling.


    • Jack

      That was not our border… it was our coast… our border is getting more and more secure, that is why they have to try to get here by boat… at least when you try to insult the president do it right… we should all be chanting… "Secure your beaches…" lol

      • Paul

        Pretty sure the coast counts as part of the boarder.

        Thank you for another shining example of the liberal mind. Always gives me a good chuckle.

  • Reyna

    The President's statement in general references the *land* border issues.
    However, yes Paul, the borders do include the coastal lines.
    Note there is no 'a' in this reference, if you snowboard then you're a boarder; otherwise it's spelled border. Thanks for the chuckle.

  • Dave Francis

    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) announced the results of a national survey that found 52 percent of likely voters want illegal aliens to their home countries. Only 33 percent preferred they be given legal status. The results, which were published in a new CIS report, are based on polling conducted by Pulse Opinion Research. “Poll wording matters. Most post-election polls on immigration policy have given the public the false choice of conditional legalization or mass deportations. This poll uses neutral wording that allows us to know the views of the American public,” said Steven Camarota, CIS’ Director of Research. “With border security and the enforcement of immigration laws being a key issue with legislators, the fact that 70 percent of those polled were not confident that immigration law would be enforced if there is legalization and 69 percent believed providing legal status to illegal’s would encourage more illegal immigration is a good indicator of public sentiment.”

    Among the findings of the survey:

    Of those who want illegal immigrants to return home, 73 percent said that they felt “very strongly” about their view, while just 35 percent of those who support a legalization said they felt very strongly about their view;
    One reason the public may prefer that illegal aliens go home is a strong belief that immigration laws have not been enforced — 64 percent said that enforcement of immigration laws has been “too little”, while just 10 percent said that it had been too much, and 15 percent said it was “just right”;
    When asked why there is a large illegal population, voters overwhelming (71 percent) thought it was because we had not made a real effort to enforce our immigration laws. Only 18 percent said it was because we didn’t allow in enough legal immigrants;
    About two-thirds of voters (69 percent) agreed with the statement that “giving legal status to illegal immigrants does not solve the problem because rewarding law breaking will only encourage more illegal immigration.” Just 26 percent disagreed;
    Only 27 percent of voters expressed confidence that immigration laws would be enforced in the event of a legalization, while 70 percent said they were not conīŦdent that laws would be enforced; and
    53 percent said they would be more likely to support a political party that supports immigration law enforcement while 32 percent indicated that they would be more likely to support a party that supports legalization.

  • Dave Francis


    How many people really trust the polls, especially when they have their own agenda? The Rasmussen poll Reports are more genuine than the ones administered by the mainstream newspapers, who have a lean towards the Liberal biased idea of government, who already have partaken in a whole bunch of propaganda thrown into the daily headlines about illegal immigration. Alas, much of the media starves us of the truth and repeats the same old rhetoric about illegal aliens not stealing jobs from the 23 million American workers. Illegal Immigration is building into a verbal crescendo of volatile arguments and as most of us know, that if you were around in 1986 the word of Washington, talks with a forked tongue. THEY SIMPLY LIE TO US, ABOUT THE COSTS, THE SUPPORT AND THE PANDERING TO THE LARGE MINORITY GROUPS?

    Don’t matter which political Party you normally follow, this is about the “Rule of Law” costs involved and the consequences of this paramount issue.

    After the great amnesty nothing occurred that could be called real enforcement, the special interest groups saw to that. The promise of no more illegal immigration fell on deaf ears of both Democrats and Republics with very few calling foul and illegal immigrants kept on pouring in to this nation. The great border fence we were promised was cut short, because underhanded lawmakers secretly cut off most funding. That is why the two fences parallel to each other, for the rapid transit of Border Patrol vehicles in between the two barriers was ignored. Even the single fence we have today is no match for the drug cartels and the continuous insurgents of impoverished illegal migrants. Even a visitor tracking system is not up to the restrictions as seen in other countries, so we huge influx of foreigners that never go home. Today we have payback by the progeny of the 1986 Path to Citizenship pyramid of cause and effect. The current Dream Act is the cause, of not only the original amnesty, but years of unconcern of those we elect? From the same cause has been the enacted Family Chain Migration of the first naturalized citizens, were than able to petition for their family members.

    Then hidden amongst those families are other relatives or friends, who slipped into America and hide in plain sight, with a job and probably picking up welfare. This and more under President Obama’s sanctuary umbrella, as do thousands of pregnant moms, who have claimed citizenship for their many offspring and living of the public entitlement programs, because of the inaccuracy of the 14th Amendment. This must be changed, so no more children not accompanied by a U.S. citizen can claim this right? There is absolutely room for legal skilled workers, who have the experience to employ in specialist fields? If there is going to be anything like the travesty of the Ronald Reagan/ Ted Kennedy of Immigration Reform and Control act, then we must demand a secure impenetrable wall as in the State of Israel, the Legal Workforce Act and the Birthright Citizenship Bill.

    An amendment to the Birthright citizenship law will inevitable save trillions in taxes, and return this money to the legal populace, to our elderly who have been short changed, our homeless and our real low income. This illegal entry into our country will never be slowed, until we enforce the laws.


  • Donald Cho

    If Obama refuses to enforce our immigration laws he should be impeached. No (comprehensive whatever BS) amnesty now or ever. Deport ALL illegals now!

  • Sandy

    Mayne instead on hatting on them be thankful for them. Because it is these people that put the food ln your table while suffering in workplaces where they are treated as slaves. I am an American, I worked in the fields and I saw their suffering. I never wish to return to the fields to put food on YOUR tables because the pay and management and workplace is not safe nor humanitarian. However,i did it to feed my family and thats why they do it because they need to to survive. I know Mexico is not a safe place to raise children if you are a low class Mexican and the USA provides a safer home

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